King James Demonology

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King James I of England was said to be interested in religious, philosophical and spiritual academia (Fincham page #). The King obsessively controlled religion in England and though the concepts are conflicting, he was also publicly fascinated with witchcraft, (dark) magic, ghosts, supernatural forces and the like (Tyson Page #). James was paranoid by and feared all “demon like” creatures whom he thought were out to ruin his life and/or kill him. With this building interest and paranoia, James conducted his own research that lead to his book, Demonology (1597). Demonology enlightened readers to James’s irrational fears, fits of rage, and suspicion of regicidal witchcraft (Tyson page #). Later on he called for the mass persecutions of witches.

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