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The Demonology of King James I: Includes the Original Text by Donald Tyson

By Donald Tyson

Written by way of King James I and released in 1597, the unique version of Demonology is commonly considered as the most attention-grabbing and debatable non secular writings in historical past, but since it is written within the language of its day, it's been notoriously obscure. Now occult student Donald Tyson has modernized and annotated the unique textual content, making this traditionally vital paintings available to modern readers. additionally deciphered the following, for the 1st time, is the nameless tract information from Scotland, an account of the North Berwick witch trials over which King James presided.

Tyson examines King James’ obsession with witches and their alleged makes an attempt on his existence, and provides a educated and sympathetic examine the main points of magick and witchcraft within the Jacobean interval. Demonology beneficial properties ancient woodcut illustrations and contains the unique previous English texts of their entirety. This reference paintings is the main to an important resource textual content on seventeenth-century witchcraft and the Scottish witch trials  

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45 46 DEMONOLOGY: PREFACE My intention in this labor is only to prove two things, as I have already said: the one, that such devilish arts have been and are; the other, what exact trial and severe punishment they merit. And there­ fore I reason what kind of things are possible to be performed in these arts, and by what natural causes they may be: not that I touch every particular thing of the Devil's power, for they are infinite, but only, to speak scholastically (since this cannot be spoken in our lan­ guage), I reason upon genus, leaving species and diffirentia to be com­ prehended therein.

He could accuse Bothwell of being INTRODUCTION 27 the leader of the witches, and the instigator of their magical attacks against the King, whereupon he would be released and given physi­ cal protection for the rest of his life-which he would need, since Bothwell had a great many friends-or Graham could remain silent and suffer unimaginably agonizing tortures until his execution on Castle Hill. " It is easy to see why Bothwell was acquitted. Yet these testimo­ nies had no effect on James, who continued to believe that Bothwell was his enemy, had tried to murder him numerous times by magic, and was a great necromancer.

On the way the Danish fleet encoun­ tered a terrible storm that sprang a plank on Anne's own ship, so that it began to take on water. The Danish admiral guiding Anne to her new home, Peter Munk, put in at Oslo, Norway, for repairs. This was the same storm that sank the ferryboat carrying Lady Mary 22 I NTRODUCTION Melville across the Firth of Forth from Burntisland to Leith to meet with the Queen and present her with jewels and other gifts. James must have regarded this storm with suspicion even as he made the impetuous decision to sail to Oslo and remain with his new bride over the winter.

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