The Discoverie of Witchcraft is considered to be the first published book on witchcraft, and is a wonderful record of superstition and belief in witchcraft, spirits, alchemy and magic in the 16th century. Reginald Scot was born in or around in Kent into a landed English family. He married twice, having one child from his first marriage and one step child from his second. He left Oxford University without completing his degree and went hold to hold a number of posts and positions, including Member of Parliament for New Romney. He died in

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Even though the book was written over five-hundred years ago, it gives an interesting glimpse into the history of the magic that we performed today. This particular version is Kaufman and Co's authentic reproduction of the classic text.

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The Discoverie of Witchcraft

In , Reginald Scot — a country gentleman and MP from Kent — published The discoverie of witchcraft , a sceptical treatise recording and debunking popular and scholarly beliefs about witchcraft, magic and other superstitions. Scot argued that belief in magic was both irrational and un-Christian. He suggested non-magical reasons and causes for both magical phenomena and accusations of witchcraft. These included psychological and sociological causes. For example, Scot argued that the social tension and guilt felt by those who denied charity to poor women sometimes led the deniers to accuse these women of witchcraft. Scot maintained that those who had been accused and executed for witchcraft were innocent and blamed the Catholic Church for encouraging these superstitious beliefs. The discoverie of witchcraft was very widely read in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.


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