Name: Reginald Scott; "A Discovery of Witchcraft"

Date:  1500 - 1799

Location:  Europe



Artist: Reginald Scott (c.1538-1599)

Confronting Bodies: King James I

Date of Action: 1584

Specific Location: England

Description of Artwork:  "A Discovery of Witchcraft" was written in 1584.

Description of Incident: 1584 England-London: The author held that the prosecution of those accused of witchcraft was contrary to the dictates of reason as well as of religion, and he placed the responsibility at the door of the Roman Church.

Results of Incident: 1584, England-London: all obtainable copies were burned on the accession of James I in 1603 and those remaining are now rare. 1586: A decree of the Star Chamber greatly tightened the censorship laws.

Source: Banned Books 387 B.C. to 1978 A.D., by Anne Lyon Haight, and Chandler B. Grannis, R.R. Bowker Co, 1978.

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