publication- The Discoverie of Witchcraft 1584:Reginald Scott

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what was Scott's influences?
scotts work recognised as first major work of scepticism, he was well-read, interested in magic, He paid attention to Johan Weyers De Praestigis Daemonium 1593 which said that most witches were suffering from extreme sadness
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What did Scott believe?
He was apart of a radical Protestant sect, and his core belief was that nature controlled everything not God, Members of this sect remained apart of the C of E to avoid persecution
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what happened before the publication?
high profile cases took place at Chelmsford, John Samon accused and acquitted in 1561, 1570 and 1572, and in 1566 3 women were charged (1 hung, 1 sentenced to a year in prison, and 1 acquitted)
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what other witch hunt took place before the publication?
1582 Chelmsford, JP Brian Darcy led trials, 14 arrested & 2 executed, trials influenced Scot- he did think witches existed but didn't like effect of hunt
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who published the book and what was the opening claim?
Scot published book himself, too controversial, It begins with the claim that disturbances are attributed to witches when there is little evidence, and other explinations are possible
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what are the key points in the publication?
Women suffered from delusions, witches who harmed people did so by natural means, Doubts magic tricks disguised as supernatural phenomena,doubted more far fetches charges such as cannibalism
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what was the short term effects of the publication?
James 1 ordered copies to be burnt and wrote Deamonologie as a response in 1597 and Scots name was mentioned in the introduction
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