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James I; Daemonologie, in forme of a dialogue. Title page. Wellcome M0014280.jpg
Title page of a 1603 reprinting
AuthorJames VI of Scotland
LanguageMiddle English, Scots, Irish
Series3 books and a news pamphlet in one volume.
GenreOccult, Religion, Philosophy, Dissertation, Socratic dialogue
Publication date
Media typePrint
Preceded byNewes from Scotland (1591) 

Daemonologie—in full Daemonologie, In Forme of a Dialogue, Divided into three Books: By the High and Mighty Prince, James &c.—was written and published in 1597[1] by King James VI of Scotland (later also James I of England). It is a medieval philosophy that discusses the relationship between ancient necromancy and the ancient black magic that was popular during the Middle Ages. It also touches on topics such as werewolves and vampires.

This book is believed to be one of the main sources used by William Shakespeare in the production of Macbeth.

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  1. Evans, G. Blakemore (1997). The Riverside Shakespeare (2 ed.). Boston [u.a.]: Mifflin. p. 1356. ISBN 0-395-75490-9.
  • King James. Daemonologie. A Critical Edition. In Modern English. 2016. ISBN 1-5329-6891-4.

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