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The Discoverie of Witchcraft

Reginald Scot
London: E. Stock
Special Collections and University Archives

Originally published in 1584, Reginald Scot’s The Discoverie of Witchcraft was written as a counter argument to Heinrich Institoris manual on conducting witch trials, The Malleus Maleficarum.  Scot argued that even hardened criminals were not subject to the same penalties afforded those merely suspected of witchcraft and that jurists should not rush to judgement.