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Daemonologie, in Forme of a Dialogue, Divided into Three Bookes
(Edinburgh 1597)
Book 1, Chapter 6
Pg. 20 - note that 'devil' is often used here synonymously with 'demon', I.e. there may be multiple devils

'The Deuilles contract with the Magicians'
- idea that magical power comes from the devil / demons
Contracts with the devil exist in two things - 'formes and effectes'
- 'formes' = 'what shape or fashion he [the devil] shall come vnto them'
- 'effectes' = 'what special sorts of seruices he bindes himselfe to be subject vnto them'
The devil may appear, when called by a magician, 'in likeness of a dog, a Catte, an Ape, or suchlike other beast' or may answer 'by a voyce onlie'
The devil could also enter a 'dead bodie' to communicate, or could be held 'in a tablet or a ring'
to be transported easily
Devils are liars, the devil is 'author of al deceit', which can be used to tempt people to make deals

Pg. 21

Satan may teach magicians 'arts and sciences', 'carrie them newes from anie parte of the worlde', 'reueale to them the secrets of anie persons'
- but some of this may be deceit, as only God can truly know everything - 'parte true, parte false'

Pg. 23

'Now as to the Magicians parte of the contract, it is in a word that thing, which I said before, the
Deuill hunts for in all men'
- soul

Chapter 7
Pg. 24

Argument: 'The reason why the art of Magie is unlawfull. What punishment they merite: And who may be accounted guiltie of that crime.'
'Christian Princes and Magistrates' who are 'seuere punishers of Witches, will not onlie ouer-see
Magicians to liue within their dominions; but euen some-times delight to see them prooue some of their practicques'
- people using what they see as 'good' magic

Pg. 25

First reason why magic is bad is 'grounded vpon custome' - 'an euill custome can neuer be accepted for a good law'
- magic is bad on principle

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