What did King James discuss in demonology? The book asserts James’s full belief in magic and witchcraft, and aims to both prove the existence of such forces and to lay down what sort of trial and punishment these practices merit – in James’s view, death.
Who wrote the book called demonology?
What was King James afraid of? In the 1590s, King James I of Scotland’s fear of witchcraft began stirring up national panics, resulting in the torture and death of thousands. Burning witches alive was common in Germany and other parts of Europe, but in Scotland the convicted were usually strangled before their bodies were burned.
How were King James and Shakespeare connected? James proved to be a true enthusiast of the theater. Just a few months after assuming the throne, he officially adopted Shakespeare’s company. With the sponsorship of the king, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men became known as the King’s Men. For his part, Shakespeare welcomed the new king with Macbeth, written around 1606.