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The Demonology of King James I: Includes the Original Text of Daemonologie and News from Scotland by [Tyson, Donald]
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Donald Tyson is an occult scholar and the author of the popular, critically acclaimed Necronomicon series. He has written more than a dozen books on Western esoteric traditions. Visit him online at www.donaldtyson.com.

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  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; annotated edition edition (8 April 2011)
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  • Language: English
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Tyson simplifies the language of king James the 6th publication of Demonology making it easy for the modern day reader to understand. The introduction gives a good insight into the political undercurrent of the Scottish witch trials and the customs and beliefs of the period.The book as a whole offers the reader an opportunity to come to their own conclusions and ideas as to what James's motivations were and,indeed what was going on in the mind of the "witch King." Anyone interested in this fascinating period in history or anyone with occult leanings will get a great deal from this book!
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Thanks for posting me this book. I'm a fan of Donald Tyson and have lots of his books.
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It is a good book for giving birth to new thoughts
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HASH(0x95738b34) out of 5 stars Great reference! 25 Nov. 2012
By fakexpearls - Published on Amazon.com
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When doing a paper on King James I and witchcraft, this text helped so much. Not only does it contain both works on witchcraft by the king, but the summaries and key points saved me so much time!
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HASH(0x9617984c) out of 5 stars The Best Version of The Demonology of KJ Yet 17 Jan. 2014
By M. Rey - Published on Amazon.com
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Donald Tyson has done us a service in his treatment of the Demonology of King James. While the original is widely available online and in print, Tyson's treatment of it, his commentary and expertise in the field make this the definitive edition. Highly recommended
HASH(0x95f131b0) out of 5 stars Consistent With Its Time 19 July 2016
By Mike DePue, OFS - Published on Amazon.com
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Initial disclaimer: I’m approaching this book strictly from an historical, cultural, and psychosocial standpoint. Those with theological interests in demons in the service of Satan, guardian spirits, revenants, lists of black, white, and gray magic spells, etc. are likely to gain little or nothing from this review—or from the book, for that matter; despite the title, file this one under “witchcraft.”

From the late 1400s to the late 1700s, tens of thousands of people were executed for witchcraft in Europe; the most infamous contemporary book, the Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches), was first published in 1486. James I (1566-1625) came along midstream, so to speak. In late 2014, the British media jumped on the discovery of protective witchmarks (hidden scratches made under floorboards, in ceilings joists and within a fireplace) in a bedroom used by James. These would have been created just after James made certain first-time occult practices a capital offence in 1604 (shortly after he became king of England and Ireland) and after the failure of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Macbeth, with its ghost scene and the three witches (or weird sisters), probably written between 1599 and 1606 and first performed in 1611, was consistent with James and the times.

While the Daemonologie in its original and modernized versions and News from Scotland (original and modernized versions as well) make up the bulk of the book, I was mainly interested in the introduction, “James and the Witches” (pp. 1-43) and, particularly, the explanatory notes following each chapter. From those we learn the following, for example:

For Jacobean science, a meteor was any natural atmospheric phenomenon. “There were aerial meteors (winds), aqueous meteors (rain, snow, hail, dew), luminous meteors (rainbows, the aurora, halos), and igneous meteors (lightning, shooting stars).” (pp. 133-134)

“[James] seems to be suggesting that the execution of a witch is a kind of offering to God that will be compensated for by the lifting of the curses placed on the witch’s victims.” (p. 135)

“As far as James was concerned, anyone accused of witchcraft must be guilty, since God would never allow an innocent to be so slandered.” (p. 184)

Thrawing “involved tightening a binding around the head by twisting a stick through it, in a manner similar to a tourniquet.” (p. 207)

The skills of “The Wise Wife of Keith” as both midwife and healer were held in high regard in Edinburgh and the surrounding towns. “One technique she used was to take the disease of the sick person onto herself, then, after suffering with it until the morning, cast it off onto a dog or cat.” (p. 211)

Checking the WorldCat database, it is surprising that only a couple of dozen reporting libraries own this title, with just a smattering of those being academic libraries. Another title that readers may wish to consider is the highly regarded (and quite addictive!) The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland, by Steve Roud.
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HASH(0x95738f6c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Mar. 2016
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Gave a insight on how King Jame tried the unknown.....
HASH(0x95817024) out of 5 stars Very interesting book. 16 Dec. 2015
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Fantastic book. I love reading about the old ways, and how they were perceived by culture and society.
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