After seven years of their marriage, Henry VIII said that he was enchanted by
her, this is why he married to her. Maybe Henry VIII was lying, he just lost
his affection to her and he wanted to get rid of her, like Catherine.
1604 when James I had a right to the throne. He passed an act, titled “An Act against Conjuration, Witchcraft and
dealing with evil and wicked spirits.” He stated that the witches would be
tortured if they practiced magic. James changed the law of witchcraft by making
it a crime against the law, the justification the ecclesiastical courts to the
courts of common law. Any witch who tried a minor witchcraft and was blamed and
discovered liable then she was condemned to death.
development of printing press led a mass production of Bible, religious text
and also the books or literary texts which includes the idea of witch and
witchcraft issue. Witches in the literature, are depicted as a woman practices
magic, using kinds of animals, flying on her broom etc. They are saying complex
words like abracadabra, and hocus pocus.
For instance, “The Witch of Edmonton” which is written by Thomas Dekker and
William Rowley. Besides, it is based on a true story, took place in the village
of Edmonton. Elizabeth Sawyer was a poor, elderly lady that was indicted and
executed for witchcraft in 1621. She was sentenced to the death as she
practiced magic on her neighbor, and caused his death. She denied the
accusation about neighbor however she admitted that she was a witch. The play
is about Poor Elizabeth who sells his soul to obtain a shape of a black devil dog,
named Tom. She wants to take revenge on his neighbors when they treat her
arrantly and blame her for practicing witchcraft to ruin their yields and
murder their domesticated animals.
The Tragical History of
Doctor Faustus is resembling “The Witch of Edmonton”. Doctor Faustus dissatisfies with the
traditional knowledge of logic, medicine, law, and religion. He wants more, he
wants beyond these pieces of the knowledge. He called the devil Mephistopheles,
to sell his soul to Lucifer in an attempt to obtain necromancy. He bargains
with him. Thus, his thirsty for black magic brought his death.
“Philosophy is odious and obscure;
Both law and physic are
for petty wits;
Divinity is basest of
contemptible, and vile,
Tis magic, magic that