England's First Demonologist: Reginald Scot and 'The Discoverie of Witchcraft'

England's First Demonologist: Reginald Scot and 'The Discoverie of Witchcraft'

Philip C. Almond / Jun 25, 2019

England s First Demonologist Reginald Scot and The Discoverie of Witchcraft The fables of witchcraft have taken so fast hold and deepe root in the heart of man that few or none can endure with patience the hand and correction of God Reginald Scot s The Discoverie of Witchcra

  • Title: England's First Demonologist: Reginald Scot and 'The Discoverie of Witchcraft'
  • Author: Philip C. Almond
  • ISBN: 9781848857933
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The fables of witchcraft have taken so fast hold and deepe root in the heart of man, that few or none can endure with patience the hand and correction of God Reginald Scot s The Discoverie of Witchcraft published in 1584 was England s first major work of demonology, witchcraft, and the occult The book was unashamedly skeptical It is said that so outraged was King Ja The fables of witchcraft have taken so fast hold and deepe root in the heart of man, that few or none can endure with patience the hand and correction of God Reginald Scot s The Discoverie of Witchcraft published in 1584 was England s first major work of demonology, witchcraft, and the occult The book was unashamedly skeptical It is said that so outraged was King James VI of Scotland by the disbelieving nature of Scot s work that, on James accession to the English throne in 1603, he ordered every copy to be destroyed Yet for all the anger directed at Scot, and his scorn for Stuart orthodoxy about witches, the paradox was that his detailed account of sorcery helped strengthen the hold of European demonologies in England while also inspiring the distinctively English tradition of secular magic and conjuring Scot s influence was considerable Shakespeare drew on The Discoverie of Witchcraft for his depiction of the witches in Macbeth So too did fellow playwright Thomas Middleton in his tragi comedy The Witch Recognizing Scot s central importance in the history of ideas, Philip Almond places his subject in the febrile context of his age, examines the chief themes of his work and shows why his writings became a sourcebook for aspiring magicians and conjurors for several hundred years England s First Demonologist makes a notable contribution to a fascinating but unjustly neglected topic in the study of Early Modern England and European intellectual history.

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    1. It was straight away a disappointment to find out we don't know much about Scot -- I came here in hopes of a bit of biography. In the absence of biographical information, this book spends most of its wordage quoting, abbreviating and explaining Scot's Discoverie, so that you are much better off reading the actual work (trust me, it's more fun -- he has an individual voice that comes across, and I had more sense of his personality there than here). I still found this useful as a shortcut to deter [...]


    2. I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. I don't know if the topic was worth a whole book though it is an interesting one. Scot was amazingly skeptical about witches and witch hunters. It made me think of an episode of Bewitched (enter popular culture)--Samantha goes back to Salem and stands trial. She starts demonstrating what a witch could do if the people they were trying were witches (this is something I always wondered about the witch trials--didn't anyone think: why can't they free themselves if [...]


    3. A flawed investigation into Scot's The Discoverie of Witchcraft, but also a good starting point for the reader to begin their own research into Scot.


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