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The Discovery of Witches   By: (-1647)

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In "The Discovery of Witches," Matthew Hopkins invites readers on an unforgettable journey into a realm where magic collides with reality. Set against the backdrop of 17th century England, this enchanting historical fantasy captivates from the very first page.

At the heart of the story is Diana Bishop, a brilliant scholar and reluctant witch. As a descendant of a powerful line of witches, Diana possesses extraordinary abilities, which she has spent her entire life suppressing. However, her carefully constructed world is thrown into chaos when she discovers an ancient manuscript that holds the key to unlocking her potential.

Intrigue and danger abound as Diana becomes entangled with the charismatic vampire, Matthew Clairmont. Their forbidden love becomes the focal point of the narrative, as they must navigate a treacherous world filled with creatures both mythical and malevolent. Hopkins expertly weaves a complex web of political intrigue, secret societies, and age-old rivalries, all while exploring themes of identity, acceptance, and the sacrifices one must make for love.

What sets Hopkins' novel apart is his meticulous attention to detail and his ability to seamlessly blend historical fact with fantastical elements. The author's extensive research is evident, as he paints a vivid picture of 17th century Europe: from its opulent estates to its seedy underworld. This immersive environment serves as a stunning backdrop for the story's supernatural elements, grounding them in a realistic and tangible world.

The cast of characters is equally captivating, with each one bringing a unique perspective and depth to the narrative. Diana's evolution from a hesitant, secretive scholar to a powerful witch embracing her destiny is a joy to behold. Likewise, Matthew's brooding yet loyal nature draws readers into his complicated journey of redemption and self-discovery. The chemistry between these two leads is electric, their love story enchanting readers with its intensity and complexity.

While "The Discovery of Witches" is first and foremost a thrilling tale of adventure, it is also a thought-provoking exploration of prejudice and fear. Through the lens of supernatural creatures living alongside humans, Hopkins delves into the age-old notions of "otherness" and the dangers of discrimination, reminding us that sometimes the most terrifying monsters are the ones that reside within our own hearts.

In conclusion, "The Discovery of Witches" is an utterly enthralling novel that seamlessly combines history and fantasy, transporting readers to a world where magic is both a blessing and a curse. Hopkins' meticulous research, complex characters, and captivating plot make for an unforgettable reading experience. This is a must-read for anyone seeking an immersive and thrilling blend of historical fiction and the supernatural.

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Transcriber's note: In Quer. 11, point 3, 'confession of a With' corrected to 'confession of a Witch'. Note that all are Queries with the exception of Quest. 13.


IN Answer to severall QUERIES, LATELY Delivered to the Judges of Assize for the County of NORFOLK

And now published by


FOR the Benefit of the whole KINGDOME


EXOD. 22.18.

Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

Certaine Queries answered, which have been and are likely to be objected against MATTHEW HOPKINS, in his way of finding out Witches .

Querie 1.

That he must needs be the greatest Witch, Sorcerer, and Wizzard himselfe, else hee could not doe it.


If Satan's kingdome be divided against it selfe, how shall it stand?

Querie 2.

If he never went so farre as is before mentioned, yet for certaine he met with the Devill, and cheated him of his Booke, wherein were written all the Witches names in England, and if he looks on any Witch, he can tell by her countenance what she is; so by this, his helpe is from the Devill.


If he had been too hard for the devill and got his book, it had been to his great commendation, and no disgrace at all: and for judgement in Phisiognomie , he hath no more then any man else whatsoever... Continue reading book >>

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