The Discoverie of Witchcraft

Author: Reginald Scot

Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN: 9780486260303

Category: History

Page: 320

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They sacrifice their owne children to the divell before baptisme, holding them up in the aire unto him, and then thrust a needle into their braines … They use incestuous adulterie with spirits … They eate the flesh and drinke the bloud of men and children openlie … They kill mens cattell … They bewitch mens corne … They ride and flie in the aire, bring stormes, make tempests … They use venerie with a divell called Incubus and have children by them, which become the best witches … In 1584, when there were few who would even defend witches against these charges, Reginald Scot went one step further. He actually set out to prove that witches did not and could not exist! King James later found Scot's opinion so heretical that he ordered all copies of his book to be burned. But so rich and full of data on the charges against witches, on witch trials and on the actual practice of the black arts was Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft that it remained a much-used source throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and is still one of the few primary sources for the study of witchcraft today. At the heart of Scot's book are stories and charges pulled from the writers of the Inquisition about the supposed nature of witches. Scot believed that the utter absurdity of the facts would be enough to stop belief in witchcraft forever. But he also goes on to give opinions of medical authorities, interviews with those convicted of witchcraft, and details about the two-faced practices of those in charge of the inquisitions to show even further why the charges of witchcraft were simply not true. In later chapters Scot details the other side of the question through a study of the black arts that are not purely imaginary. He discusses poisoners, jugglers, conjurers, charmers, soothsayers, figure-casters, dreamers, alchemists, and astrologers and, in turn, sets down the actual practices of each group and shows how the acts depend not upon the devil but upon either trickery or skill. In the process, many of the magician's secrets and much other folk and professional lore of the time is made available to the reader of today. Shortly after the Spanish Inquisition, directly in the wake of Sprenger and Kramer's Malleus Maleficarum, during the great upsurge of witch trials in Britain, Scot was a direct witness to the witchmonger in one of witch-hunting's bloodiest eras. Whatever your interest in witchcraft — either historical, psychological, or sympathetic — Scot, in his disproof, tells you much more about the subject than the many, many contemporary writers on the other side of the question.

England's First Demonologist

Reginald Scot and 'the Discoverie of Witchcraft'

Author: Philip C. Almond

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780769636

Category: History

Page: 256

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'The fables of witchcraft have taken so fast hold and deepe root in the heart of man, that few or none can indure with patience the hand and correction of God.' Reginald Scot, whose words these are, published his remarkable book The Discoverie of Witchcraft in 1584. England's first major work of demonology, witchcraft and the occult, the book was unashamedly sceptical. 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 wiches, 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. Recognising 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.

Die Seelen der Nacht

Roman

Author: Deborah Harkness

Publisher: Blanvalet Verlag

ISBN: 3641093384

Category: Fiction

Page: 832

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Eine Liebe, stärker als das Leben selbst ... Diana Bishop ist Historikerin mit Leib und Seele. Dass in ihr zudem das Blut eines uralten Hexengeschlechts fließt, versucht sie im Alltag mit aller Kraft zu ignorieren. Doch als Diana in der altehrwürdigen Bodleian-Bibliothek in Oxford ein magisches Manuskript in die Hände fällt, kann sie ihre Herkunft nicht länger verleugnen: Hexen, Dämonen und Vampire heften sich an ihre Fersen, um ihr das geheime Wissen zu entlocken – wenn nötig mit Gewalt. Hilfe erfährt Diana ausgerechnet von Matthew Clairmont, Naturwissenschaftler, 1500 Jahre alter Vampir – und der Mann, der Diana bald schon mehr bedeuten wird als ihr eigenes Leben ... Ein mitreißender, wundervoll erzählter Roman über Magie, Abenteuer und Romantik.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft. Being a Reprint of the First Edition - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Reginald Scot,Brinsley Nicholson

Publisher: Scholar's Choice

ISBN: 9781297400841

Category:

Page: 684

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Das Buch der Nacht

Roman

Author: Deborah Harkness

Publisher: Blanvalet Verlag

ISBN: 3641146380

Category: Fiction

Page: 768

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Wenn die größte Gefahr eine Liebe hervorbringt, die stärker ist als das Leben selbst ... Nach ihrer Zeitreise in das London Elisabeth‘ I. kehren Diana Bishop und Matthew Clairmont zurück in die Gegenwart, wo neue Herausforderungen, vor allem aber alte Feinde sie erwarten. In Sept-Tour, der Heimat von Matthews Ahnen, treffen sie aber auch endlich ihre Freunde und ihre Familien wieder. Außerdem werden sie mit einem tragischen Verlust konfrontiert, der besonders Diana trifft. Die wahre Bedrohung für die Zukunft aber, muss noch aufgedeckt werden, und dafür ist es von höchster Wichtigkeit, das Geheimnis um das verschollene Manuskript Ashmole 782 zu entschlüsseln und die fehlenden Seiten zu finden ... Der krönende Abschluss der großen Saga.

Wo die Nacht beginnt

Roman

Author: Deborah Harkness

Publisher: Blanvalet Verlag

ISBN: 3641095700

Category: Fiction

Page: 800

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Die größte Liebesgeschichte seit Romeo und Julia Ihre Liebe ist stärker als jede Regel, stärker als die Zeit und das Leben selbst. Doch als Diana und Matthew im elisabethanischen London angekommen sind, werden sie auf eine harte Probe gestellt. In einer Welt der Spione und der Täuschung muss Diana einen Tutor finden, der sie in der fortgeschrittenen Hexenkunst unterweist, während Matthew unfreiwillig mit seiner Vergangenheit konfrontiert wird. Und welche Rolle spielt der enge Kreis von Matthews Freunden, die einst die geheimnisvolle »Schule der Nacht« gründeten und ihre gemeinsame Zukunft bedrohen? Nach ihrem großen Erfolg "Die Seelen der Nacht" ist "Wo die Nacht beginnt" Deborah Harkness' zweiter Roman.

Discovery of Witches

Author: Thomas Potts,James Crossley

Publisher: BiblioBazaar, LLC

ISBN: 9780554332130

Category: History

Page: 272

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Were not every chapter of the history of the human mind too precious an inheritance to be willingly relinquished -for appalling as its contents may be the value of the materials it may furnish may be inestimable -we might otherwise be tempted to wish that the miserable record in which the excesses occasioned by the witch mania are narrated could be struck out of its pages and for ever cancelled.

A Discoverie of Witches

Author: Blake Morrison

Publisher: Smith Doorstop

ISBN: 9781906613600

Category: Witch hunting

Page: 80

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Lancaster Assizes, 1612 - ten people from Pendle in Lancashire are hanged, guilty of the crime of witchcraft. The poems in this book give voice to characters involved in the trials - from the accused to the accusers, from a child who bore witness against her own mother, to the hangman who carried out the final deed.

The Discovery of Witches and Witchcraft

The Writings of the Witchfinders

Author: Matthew Hopkins,John Stearne

Publisher: Puckrel Publishing

ISBN: 0955635012

Category: Witchcraft

Page: 68

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Scholarly reprint of the writings of the Witchfinder General and his accomplice.

The Lancashire Witches

A Chronicle of Sorcery and Death on Pendle Hill

Author: Philip C. Almond

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857732641

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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In the febrile religious and political climate of late sixteenth-century England, when the grip of the Reformation was as yet fragile and insecure, and underground papism still perceived to be rife, Lancashire was felt by the Protestant authorities to be a sinister corner of superstition, lawlessness and popery. And it was around Pendle Hill, a sombre ridge that looms over the intersecting pastures, meadows and moorland of the Ribble Valley, that their suspicions took infamous shape. The arraignment of the Lancashire witches in the assizes of Lancaster during 1612 is England’s most notorious witch-trial. The women who lived in the vicinity of Pendle, who were accused alongside the so-called Samlesbury Witches, then convicted and hanged, were more than just wicked sorcerers whose malign incantations caused others harm. They were reputed to be part of a dense network of devilry and mischief that revealed itself as much in hidden celebration of the Mass as in malevolent magic. They had to be eliminated to set an example to others. In this remarkable and authoritative treatment, published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the case of the Lancashire witches, Philip C Almond evokes all the fear, drama and paranoia of those volatile times: the bleak story of the storm over Pendle.

The Literature of Witchcraft

Author: Brian P. Levack

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780815310266

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 339

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First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Superstitions of Witchcraft

Author: Howard Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Witchcraft

Page: 278

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This volume contains a history of the practice of witchcraft, including the origin, prevalence and varieties of superstitions that flourished in the 16th-and17th-centuries.

The Wonderful Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster

Author: Thomas Potts

Publisher: Carnegie Pub.

ISBN: 9781859361009

Category: Trials (Witchcraft)

Page: 208

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This is a facsimile edition of Thomas Potts' book of 1612 covering the trial of the Pendle Witches, which took place at Lancaster Assizes where he was the clerk of the court. It provides a fascinating primary source for anyone interested in witches.

Maria Schweidler, die Bernsteinhexe

der interessanteste aller bis her bekannten Hexenprocesse, nach einer defekten Handschrift ihres Vaters, des Pfarrers Abraham Schweidler in Coserow auf Usedom

Author: Wilhelm Meinhold

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Witchcraft

Page: 296

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Moonfleet

Roman

Author: J. Meade Falkner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 3954380633

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Der fünfzehnjährige Waisenjunge John Trenchard wächst in einem Schmugglernest namens Moonfleet auf. Die Leute im Dorf erzählen sich, dass der Kirchhof vom Geist des berüchtigten Colonel Mohune heimgesucht wird, der dort vor seinem Tod einen Schatz versteckt hat. Durch einen Zufall entdeckt John Trenchard die Familiengruft der Mohunes, die auch Schmugglern als Versteck dient. Im Sarg des Colonels findet er ein Amulett mit einem rätselhaften Pergament, von dem er sich Aufschluss über den Verbleib des Schatzes erhofft. Zusammen mit Elzevir Block, dem Anführer der Schmugglerbande, macht er sich auf, den Schatz zu heben. Aber ihr tollkühner Plan birgt manche Gefahr, und mehr als einmal setzen die beiden ihr Leben aufs Spiel ...