Explore Reginald Scot’s “The Discoverie of Witchcraft”, a book considered to be the first published on witchcraft, which fights against the. On such example is Reginald Scot (), who took the incredibly bold step to not only defend accused witches against the charges laid. THE DISCOVERIE v^. WITCHGRAFT. REGINALD SCOT, Esquire. BEING A REPRINT OF THE FIRST EDITION. PUBLISHED IN

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Scot points out that witchhunters are basically attributing to witches the same powers that the Bible describes as the miracles of Jesus himself! In arguing against the power of magical charms and amulets, Scot gives an account of the placebo effect as understood by the physicians of the time: A pretty Charm or Conclusion for one Possessed.


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Further discussing the real purpose of the Incubus legend, he writes. In arguing against the power of magical charms and amulets, Scot gives an account of the placebo effect as understood by the physicians of the time:. Another to the same effect. Please go to http: Jennifer Reid 03 Nov Another Charm that Witches use at the gathering of witchcaft Medicinable Herbs.

At witchcravt putting on the Garments. InScot was involved in a legal capacity in a witch trial in which one Margaret Simmons was accused of witchcraft.


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His aim was to prevent the persecution of poor, aged, and simple persons, who were popularly credited with being witches. Yea David saith, that among the dead as in this case of Samuel God himselfe sheweth no wonders.

September 23, at February 24, at 8: Some of these crimes also laid unto witches charge, are by me denied, and by them cannot be prooved to be true, or committed, by any one witch.

This may seem to be a rather mundane form of magic, but as Scot recounts elsewhere, it was enough to bring at least one man to trial: A Charm to open Locks. Of Scot a cautious and circumstantial discocerie has written: Basson, the first editor’s son, was printed at Leiden in The second half of his book goes on to explain how tricks are carried out without the aid of any magic at all.

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In this art of naturall magicke, God almightie hath hidden manie secret mysteries; as wherein a man may learne the properties, qualities, and knowledge of all nature. Certainly we cannot know for certain if this is the case; I have my doubts, however. To thrust a Bodkin into your Head without hurt.

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More Charms for Agues. It was written by Montague Summersthe most knowledgeable scholar on the history of witchcraft of his time.

witchcfaft Of divert petty Juggling Knacks. In order to prove this point, however, Scot needed to show that the seemingly miraculous tricks by magicians and supposed witches could be done by very ordinary and natural means.

Perhaps the most damning case against Summers can be made from his concluding remarks: This is a wonderful description of the witcucraft effectand illustrates that doctors were well aware of the effect long before its formal definition in medicine.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

He that readeth the ecclesiasticall histories, or remembreth the persecutions in Queene Maries time, shall find, that manie good men have fallen for feare of persecution, and returned unto the Lord againe.

It will not suffice disoverie dissuade a witchmonger from his credulitie, that he seeth the sequele and event to fall out manie times contrarie to their assertion; but in such case to his greater condemnation he seeketh further to witches of greater fame. A Licence to Depart.