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Daemonologie (full name "Daemonologie, In Forme of a Dialogie, Divided into three Bookes. By James Rx") was written and published in 1599[1] by King James VI of Scotland (later also James I of England). In the book he approves and supports the practice of witch hunting. He starts the book: "The fearefull aboundinge at this time in this countrie, of these detestable slaves of the Devil, the Witches or enchaunters, hath moved me (beloved reader) to dispatch in post, this following treatise of mine (...) to resolve the doubting (...) both that such assaults of Satan are most certainly practised, and that the instrument thereof merits most severely to be punished." The book is in the form of a dialogue between characters called "Philomathes" and "Epistemon".

He was influenced by his personal involvement in the North Berwick witch trials.


  1. ^ The Riverside Shakespeare (2. ed. ed.). Boston [u.a.]: Mifflin. 1997. p. 1356. ISBN 0-395-75490-9. 

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