Bovet, Richard

Richard Bovet (b. 1641) was an English Demonologist. Richard Bovet is known for his book Pandaemonium (1684), a rehash of prevailing opinions about the diabolical nature and activities of witches, and a collection of stories about psychic phenomena, apparitions and ghosts. Little is known about Bovet.

He was born around 1641 and lived in Somerset, England. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, from 1657 to 1658. He was an admirer of Joseph Glanvil, an Anglican, royalist and writer on witchcraft, best known for Saducismus Triumphatis: or Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions.

Pandaemonium is a rare book, with only nine copies known in existence, held in libraries in England, Scotland, France and the United States. Bovet is believed to have died in the early 18th century.

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