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The Discoverie of Witchcraft

by Reginald Scot

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The Discoverie of Witchcraft by Reginald Scot

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Reginald Scot intended his Discoverie of Witchcraft as a sensible argument disputing the existence of witches. It also features a small section on magic. The magic section starts with Booke 13 and Chapter 22. You will find rich full accounts of charges against witches, witch trials and practice of the black arts. Further, interviews with convicted witches, excerpts from inquisition, astrology, alchemy, charms, the names of demons, angels and other "words of power", spells, rituals, sabbats, biblical and Egyptian magic, and more. The Discoverie remains a much quoted primary source for those interested in the occult sciences as well as magic.

[Note an annotated version of the magic sections was published by Stephen Forrester: Annotated Discovery of Witchcraft.]

first edition 1584; 317 pages
word count: 194410 which is equivalent to 777 standard pages of text

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