Links between Potts and James IStephen Pumfrey has compared the two documents, The Demonology, and The Wonderful Discovery, and contends that, "Potts' text was carefully crafted to secure James I's favor by showing that the judges had perfectly executed his policy on witchcraft." (Pumfrey, 23)
In following this theory, one has to believe that Potts had read The Demonology, which he quotes extensively, and that James would read The Wonderful Discovery. James became increasingly more skeptical about witchcraft as he grew older, so the judges were taking quite a gamble with the publication of the case, but as both judges and Potts were promoted after the trial, one can only surmise that both occurred.
The Wonderful Discovery
Thomas Potts' Dedication
Copyright © 2007 Shannon L. Meyer, University of Nebraska, Lincoln