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James I; Daemonologie, in forme of a dialogue. Title page. Wellcome M0014280.jpg
Title page of a 1603 reprinting
Author James VI of Scotland
Country England
Language English
Genre Occult, Religion
Publication date
Media type Print

Daemonologie — in full Daemonologie, In Forme of a Dialogie, Divided into three Bookes. By James Rx — was written and published in 1597[1] by King James VI of Scotland (later also James I of England). The book endorses the practice of witch hunting. James begins 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 work is in the form of a dialogue between characters called "Philomathes" and "Epistemon".

In writing the book, King James was influenced by his personal involvement in the North Berwick witch trials (1590).


  1. ^ The Riverside Shakespeare (2. ed.). Boston [u.a.]: Mifflin. 1997. p. 1356. ISBN 0-395-75490-9.  |first2= missing |last2= in Authors list (help)

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