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The Discoverie of Witchcraft

partially sceptical book published by Reginald Scot in 1584, intended as an exposé of early Modern witchcraft; contains a small section intended to show how the public was fooled by charlatans

The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584) is a book by Reginald Scot. It treats witchcraft with skepticism. Scot's purpose in writing the book was to prevent the persecution of the poor, the aged, and the simple for witchcraft. Scot blames the Roman Catholic church for keeping alive the belief in witches.[1]

The Discoverie of Witchcraft
The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1651).jpg
Title page of the 1651 edition
AuthorReginald Scot
CountryEngland
LanguageEnglish
GenreExposé
Publication date
1584
Media typePrint

Shakespeare found a description of Puck in the book while he was writing A Midsummer Night's Dream.[2] The book created much controversy. King James I of England believed in witches. He ordered all copies of the book to be burnt.[3]

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