Daemonologie by King James VI of Scotland (1597)

Title: Daemonologie, In Forme of a Dialogue, Divided into three Books: By the High and Mighty Prince, James &c.

Description:  Daemonologie is a philosophical dissertation on contemporary necromancy, divination and black magic. Contained within is a study on demonology and the methods demons used to bother troubled men. The text also touches on topics such as werewolves and vampires. It was a political yet theological statement to educate a misinformed populace on the history, practices and implications of sorcery. For this reason, the book endorses the practice of witch hunting in a Christian society, under the rule of canonical law. In writing the book, King James was heavily influenced by his personal involvement in the North Berwick witch trials from 1590.

Author(s): James VI of Scotland (later James I of England)

Date: 1597

Publisher: Robert Walde-graue, London

Archived by: Project Gutenberg

Pages: 104

Keywords: demon ; demonology ; devil ; Satan ; witch ; witchcraft ; witch trials ; James I of England ; Renaissance ; magic ; necromancy ; occultism ; religion ; philosophy ; werewolves ; vampires ; divination