The Discovery of Witchcraft is the short title for Reginald Scot’s 1584 work on magical things. The long title gives you an idea of what Scot was trying to educate the reader about:
The Discouerie of witchcraft, Wherein the lewde dealings of witches and witchmongers is notablie detected, the knauerie of coniurors, the impietie of inchantors, the follie of soothsaiers, the impudent falsehood of cousenors, the infidelitie of atheists, the pestilent practices of Pythonists, the curiostie of figurecasters, the vanitie of dreamers, the beggerlie art of Alcumystrie, The abhomination of iodlatrie, the horrible art of poisonings, the virtue and power of natural magike, and the cnueiances of Legierdemain and iuggling are deciphered: and many other things opened, which have long lien hidden, howbeit verie necessarie to be knowne.
The 560 page work includes several woodcuts and a table of contents. During his lifetime, Scot wrote one other book on hop-gardens.
(London: William Brome, 1584)
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