The first text presented here, written by James I of England, is a wide-ranging discussion of witchcraft, necromancy, possession, demons, were-wolves, fairies and ghosts, in the form of a Socratic dialogue. The second text is a sensational historical account of Scottish witch persecution and is one of the sources cited by Margaret Murray . I have taken some care to transcribe these historical documents letter for letter, without any attempt at correction or modernization of spelling. These documents exemplify the convoluted intellectual rationalizations used to justify the barbaric witch hunts. The texts were scanned from an early 20th Century reprint.
Macbeth has been compared to Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra . Both Antony and Macbeth as characters seek a new world, even at the cost of the old one. Both are fighting for a throne and have a 'nemesis' to face to achieve that throne. For Antony, the nemesis is Octavius; for Macbeth, it is Banquo. At one point Macbeth even compares himself to Antony, saying "under Banquo / My Genius is rebuk'd, as it is said / Mark Antony's was by Caesar." Lastly, both plays contain powerful and manipulative female figures: Cleopatra and Lady Macbeth.