England’s First Demonologist: Reginald Scot and ‘The Discoverie of Witchcraft’ – Philip C. Almond

England's First Demonologist: Reginald Scot and 'The Discoverie of Witchcraft' - Philip C. Almond“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.

Read Online :

England's First Demonologist: Reginald Scot and 'The Discoverie of Witchcraft' - Philip C. Almond

Demonology

You may be also interested in :

The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage
Fallen Angels, the Watchers, and the Origins of Evil – Joseph Lumpkin
Demons of Magick : Three Practical Rituals For Working With The 72 Demons – Gordon Winterfield
Azazel: Steal Fire from the Gods
Gypsy Demons and Divinities : The Magic and Religion of the Gypsies - Elwood B Trigg
A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits -  Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack
Lucifer and the Hidden Demons - Theodore Rose
Practical Jinn Magick
Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft – Sir Walter Scott
Summoning Spirits: The Art of Magical Evocation - Konstantinos
Daemonolatry Goetia – S. Connolly
Witchcraft and Demonology in Hungary and Transylvania - Gábor Klaniczay (Ed.), Éva Pócs (Ed.)
Dark Mirrors : Azazel and Satanael in early Jewish Mythology - Andrei A. Orlov
Lemegeton
Michael Psellus on the Operation of Daemons - Stephen Skinner & Marcus Collisson
Devils, Demons, and Ghosts, in the Hebrew Tradition: Romancing the Sitra Achra - Kadmon, Baal
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible. 2nd ed. - Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, and Pieter W. van der Horst
The Devil: A New Biography - Philip C. Almond
Irish Witchcraft and Demonology - St. John D. Seymour
Devil-Worship in France - Arthur Edward Waite
The Prince of Darkness: Radical Evil and the Power of Good in History -  Jeffrey Burton Russell
Fallen Angels and the Origins of Evil – Elizabeth Clare Phophet
Fallen Bodies: Pollution, Sexuality, and Demonology in the Middle Ages - Dyan Elliott
Demons of Wrath: The Dark Fires of Attack Magick -  Corwin Hargrove
Witchcraft and Demonology in South-West England, 1640–1789 - Jonathan Barry