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Religious image from John Milton's Paradise Lost, (London, 1688).

A selection of devotional and didactic literature conveying themes relevant to witchcraft beliefs such as conversion, spiritual warfare, and proper Christian conduct.

Ainsworth, Henry, The communion of saincts: a treatise of the fellowship that the faithfull have with God, and his Angels, and one with an other; in this present life, (Amsterdam, 1640). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BT972.A4.

Allestree, Richard, The whole duty of divine meditation, described in all its various parts and branches : With meditations on several places of scripture,  (London, 1694). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BV4813.A5.

Allestree, Richard, The works of the learned and pious author of The whole duty of man,(Oxford, and London, 1687). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BV4500.A5.

Andrewes, Lancelot, A patterne of catechisticall doctrine: Wherein many profitable questions touching Christian religion are handled. And the whole decalogue succinctly and judiciously expounded, (London, 1639). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BV4655.A6.

Aquinas, Thomas, Summa contra ge[n]tiles malleus hereticoru[m] merito nuncupata, (John Dee 1527-1608, former owner), (Paris, 1519). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early Continental Folios, BX1749.T4.

Aquinas, Thomas, Cathena aurea angelici diuiniq[ue] doctoris Sancti Thome de Aquino sacri Ordinis predicatoru[m] nuper redacta super o[mn]ia Euangelia dominicalia [et] ferialia necnon super queda[m] de sanctis, (Venice, 1494). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Incunabula 162.

Aquinus, Thomas, De veritate catholicae fidei, (1480). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Incunabula.

Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo, Of the citie of God, (London, 1620). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BR65.A64.E5.C20.

Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo, Augustinus de ciuitate dei: cum comment, (In Friburga, 1494) Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Incunabula 18/19.

B., R., Wonderful prodigies of judgment and mercy: discovered in above three hundred memorable histories, containing I. Dreadful judgments upon atheists, perjured persons, blasphemers, swearers, cursers and scoffers. II. The miserable ends of divers magicians, witches, conjurers, &c. with several strange apparitions. III. Remarkable presages of approaching death, and of appeals to divine justice. IV. The wicked lives, and woful deaths of wretched popes, apostates, and desperate persecutors. V. Fearful judgments upon cruel tyrants, murderers, &c. with the wonderful discovery of murders. VI. Admirable deliverances from imminent dangers and deplorable distresses at sea aud [sic] land. VII. Divine goodness to penitents, with the dying thoughts of several famous men concerning a future state after this life. Faithfully collected from antient and modern authors, of undoubted authority and credit, and imbellished with divers curious pictures, of several remarkable passages therein (London, 1685) Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BV4517.R2 1685.

Bacon, Francis, Resuscitatio, or, Bringing into publick light several pieces of the works, civil, historical, philosophical, & theological, hitherto sleeping, of the Right Honourable Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount Saint Alban : according to the best corrected copies, together with his lordship's life, (London, 1661). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, B1155.C61.

Bacon, Francis, The essayes or counsels, ciuill and morall of Francis Lo. Verulam, Viscount St. Alban., (London, 1629) Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, PR2206.A3.C29.

Balbani, Niccolo, Newes from Italy of a second Moses, or, The life of Galeacius Caracciolus the noble Marquesse of Vico: containing the story of his admirable conuersion from popery, and his forsaking of a rich marquessedome for the Gospels sake, (London, 1608). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BX9439.V52.B2.

Bale, John, The first two partes of the actes or vnchaste examples of the Englyshe votaryes, (London, 1560). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BX2439.A2.B2.

Bale, John, A mysterye of inyquyte contayned within the heretycall genealogye of Ponce Pantolabus, is here both dysclosed & confuted, (Antwerp, 1545). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BX5136.B2.

Bale, John, Yet a course at the Romyshe foxe: A dysclosynge or openynge of the Manne of synne, co[n]tayned in the late declaratyon of the Popes olde faythe made by Edmonde Boner bysshopp of London. wherby wyllyam Tolwyn was than newlye professed at paules crosse openlye into Antichristes Romyshe relygyon agayne by a newe solempne othe of obedyence, notwythsta[n]dynge the othe made to hys prynce afore to the contrarye. An alphabetycall dyrectorye or table also in the ende thereof…, (Antwerp, 1543). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BX5136.B2.

Ball, John, A short treatise containing all the principal grounds of Christian religion: By way of questions and answers, very profitable for all sorts of men, but especially for housholders. Whereunto are added severall questions, by the reverend author's own pen: to clear the exposition: as you may perceive by the epistle to the reader, (London, 1656). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BX5139.B2.

Barclay, Robert, Truth triumphant through the spiritual warfare, Christian labours, and vvritings of that able and faithful servant of Jesus Christ Robert Barclay: Who deceased at his own house at Urie, in the kingdom of Scotland, the 3 day of the 8 month 1690, (London, 1692) Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BX7617.B2.

Baxter, Richard, A Christian directory: or, A summ of practical theologie, and cases of conscience: Directing Christians, how to use their knowledge and faith; how to improve all helps and means, and to perform all duties; how to overcome temptations, and to escape or mortifie every sin. In four parts, I. Christian ethicks (or private duties.) II. Christian oeconomicks (or family duties.) III. Christian ecclesiasticks (or church duties.) IV. Christian politicks (or duties to our rulers and neighbours.),(London, 1673). Special Collections: Salisbury, Folio WG33.C.

Bayly, Thomas, Certamen religiosum: or, A conference between His late Majestie Charles King of England, and Henry late Marquess and Earl of Worcester, concerning religion; at His Majesties being at Raglan Castle, 1646: Wherein the maine differences (now in controversie) between the Papists and the Protestants is no lesse briefly then accuratly discusss'd and bandied. Now published for the worlds satisfaction of His Majesties constant affection to the Protestant religion, (London, 1649). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BX1779.B2.

Bayly, Thomas, The royal charter granted unto kings, by God Himself: and collected out of his Holy Word, in both Testaments (London, 1649) Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, JC389.B2; Special Collections: Salisbury, WG30(1649).

Beard, Thomas, The theatre of Gods judgements: wherein is represented the admirable justice of God against all notorious sinners, great and small, specially against the most eminent persons in the world, whose exorbitant power had broke through the barres of divine and humane law. Collected out of sacred, ecclesiasticall, and pagan histories, (London, fourth edition with additions, 1648). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BT95.B3.

Bèze, Théodore de, Propositions and principles of diuinitie: propounded and disputed in the vniuersitie of Geneua, by certaine students of diuinitie there, vnder M. Theod. Beza, and M. Anthonie Faius professors of diunitie. Wherein is contained a methodicall summarie, or epitome of the common places of diuinitie, (Edinburgh, 1591). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BX9421.B3.

Théodore de Bèze, Novum Testamentum Domini nostri Jesu Christi, (London, 1793). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BS1990.D93.

Bourne, Benjamin, The description and confutation of mysticall Anti-Christ, the Familists; or, An information drawn up and published for the confirmation and comfort of the faithfull, against many Antichristian Familisticall doctrines which are frequently preached and printed in England : particularly in those dangerous books called Theologia Germanica, the Bright Star, Divinity and Philosophy, (London, 1646). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BX7575.B6.

Bradshaw, William, A discourse of the sinne against the Holy Ghost: grounded upon Matt. Chap. 12. vers. 22.-23. Tending to the comfort of such persons as, being afflicted in conscience for their sins, are, by the delusions of Satan, brought to the brinke of despaire, through feare that they have fallen into that unpardonable sinne (London, 1649) Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BT721.B7.

Brooks, Thomas, Precious remedies against Satan's devices: or, Salve for believers and unbelievers sores: Being a companion for those that are in Christ or out of Christ, that slight or neglect ordinances, under a pretence of living above them; that are growing (in spirituals) or decaying that are tempted, or deserted; afflicted or opposed; that have assurance, or that want assurance, &c., (London, 1682). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BV4500.B7.

Bulstrode, Whitelocke, Essays upon the following subjects: Viz.1. Of generosity. 2. Of the new man. 3. Of the government of the eye. 4. De ratione fidei, &c. 5. Of the soul of man. 6. Of freedom of liberty of body and mind. 7. Of the passions and affections. 8. Of human perfection. 9. Of the origin of sin, &c. 10. Of gratitude. 11. Of the blessed Trinity, and somewhat of the mode. 12. Of eternal damnation for temporal sin; the justice and even mercy of God therein, vindicated. 13. Of dreams. 14. Of the government of our thoughts. 15. Of happiness. 16. Of sinful ideas. 17. Of families, and leaving a great estate to children. 18. A letter to Sir R. Southwell, when president of the Royal Society, touching the equivocal generation of plants and insects; wherein the creation of the world is particularly lookt into. 19. Of reading the Holy Scriptures, &c. 20. Of persons running in debt, and dying without payment, (London, 1724). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, AC7.B8.

Burkitt, William, Family instructions: or principles of religion necessary to be known by family governers, (1725). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos.

Burnet, Gilbert, The history of the reformation of the Church of England: In two parts. The first part, Of the progress made in it during the reign of K. Henry the VIII, (London, 1681). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BR375.B8.

Calvin, Jean, Sermons of Master Iohn Caluin vpon the booke of Iob, (London, 1574). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BS1415.C2.

Calvin, Jean, The institution of Christian religion, (London, 1561). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BX9420.I6.

Carletano, Georgio, Consensus ecclesiae Catholicae contra tridentinos, (1613). Cardiff Rare Books: Continental.

Carletti, Angelo, Summa angelica de casibus conscientiae, (Venetijs, 1487). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Incunabula 9.

Cartwright, Thomas, A confutation of the Rhemists translation, glosses and annotations on the Nevv Testament: so farre as they containe manifest impieties, heresies, idolatries, superstitions, prophanesse, treasons, slanders, absurdities, falsehoods and other evills. By occasion whereof the true sence, scope, and doctrine of the Scriptures, and humane authors, by them abused, is now given, (Leiden, 1618). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BS2081.C2.

Cassandri, Georgii, Georgii Cassandri de articulis religionis intercatholicos et protestantes controversis consultatio, ad invictissimos imperatores Augustus Ferdinandum I, (1613). Cardiff Rare Books: Continental.

Clarke, Samuel, A discourse concerning the being and attributes of God, the obligations of natural religion, and the truth and certainty of the Christian revelation: In answer to Mr Hobbs, Spinoza, the author of The oracles of reason, and other deniers of natural and revealed religion. Being sixteen sermons, preach'd in the cathedral-church of St Paul, in the years 1704, and 1705, at the lecture founded by the Honourable Robert Boyle, Esq., (London, 1725). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BX5133.C5.

Clarke, Samuel, A mirrour or looking-glasse, both for saints, and sinners: held forth in some thousands of examples; wherein is presented, as Gods wonderful mercies to the one, so his severe judgments against the other. Collected out of the most classique authors, both ancient, and modern, with some late examples observed by my self, and others. Whereunto are added a Geographical description of all the countries in the known world: as also the wonders of God in nature; and the rare, stupendious, and costly works made by the art, and industry of man. As the most famous cities, temples, structures, statues, cabinets of rarities, &c. which have been, or are now in the world, (London, 1657). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BV4224.C5.

Conradus de Alemania, Concordantiae Bibliorum, (1485). Cardiff Rare Books: Incunabula.

Cranford, James, An abstract of some late characters. Or, How the principall means appointed for our reformation is become the maine fuell of our wickednes: laid downe in sundry characters of [brace] L. Bishops, dumb dogs, non-residenciaries, men-pleasers, unpreaching ministers, that edify to damnation ; by their [brace] scandalous living, false wresting [and] mis-applying the Scripture : so turning the truth of God into a lye, that they may [brace] discourage the godly, incourage the wicked. In which the blind world may see to their shame how Satan guls them with a multitude of misprisions and false surmises against the godly, that he may barricado their hearts against all good. Necessary to be knowne in these times of discovery, (London, 1643). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BR304.C2.

Daillé, Jean, A treatise concerning the right use of the fathers, in the decision of the controversies that are this day in religion, (London, 1675). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BR67.D2.1675.

Defoe, Daniel, The history of the Devil, as well antient as modern: in two parts. Part I. Containing a state of the Devil's circumstances, and the various Turns of his Affairs; from his expulsion out of Heaven, to the creation of man; with Remarks on the several Mistakes concerning the Reason and Manner of his Fall. Also his Proceedings with Mankind ever since Adam, to the first planting of the Christian Religion in the World. Part II. Containing his more private conduct, down to the present times: His Government, his Appearances, his Manner of Working, and the Tools he works with. In which is included, a description of the Devil's dwelling, vulgarly called Hell, (London, 1728?). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BT980.D3 1728.

Dod, John, A plaine and familiar exposition of the Ten Commandements: with a methodicall short catechisme, containing brieflie all the principall grounds of Christian religion, (London, 1615). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BS1285.D6 1615.

Du Pin, Lewis Ellies, A new ecclesiastical history: containing an account of the controversies in religion; the lives and writings of ecclesiastical authors; an abridgment of their works, and a judgment on their style and doctrine: also a compendious history of the councils and all affairs transacted in the Church, (London, 1699). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BR1700.A2.D8.

Elton, Edward, Three excellent and pious treatises: Viz. 1. The complaint of a sanctified sinner. 2. The triumph of a true Christian. 3. The great mystery of Godliness opened. In Sunday sermons, upon the whole seventh, eight, and ninth chapters of the Epistle to the Romans, (London, 1653). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BS2665.E5.

Emes, Thomas, The atheist turn’d deist, and the deist turn’d Christian or, The reasonableness and union of natural, and the true Christian religion, (London, 1698). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BT60.E6 1698.

Erasmus, Desiderius, The first tome or volume of the paraphrase of Erasmus vpon the newe testament, (London, 1548). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BS2095.E7.

Foxe, John, Actes and monuments of matters most speciall and memorable, happening in the Church: with an vniuersall history of the same. Wherein is set forth at large the whole race and course of the Church, from the primitiue age to these latter times of ours, with the bloudy times, horrible troubles, and great persecutions against the true martyrs of Christ, sought and wrought as well by heathen emperours, as now lately practised by Romish prelates, especially in this realme of England and Scotland, (London, 1596). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BR1607.F6.

Gurnay, Edmund, Gurnay redivivus, or, An appendix unto the homily against images in churches,(London, 1660). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BV197.P65.C7 1661.

Halberstadt, Konrad von, Cuilibet volenti req[ui]rere co[n]corda[n]tias in hoc libro vnum est p[r]mitus attentendu[m] videlic[us] [quan]cu[m] in p[r]mis co[n]cordantijs, (Speyer, 1485). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Incunabula 66.

Hall, Joseph, The works of Joseph Hall, B. of Exceter: with a table now added to the same, (London, 1634). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BR75.H2.

Heylyn, Peter, Keimēlia ekklēsiastika: The historical and miscellaneous tracts of the reverend and learned Peter Heylyn: now collected into one volume : I. Ecclesia vindicata ... II. The history of the sabbath ... III. Historia quinquarticularis ... IV. The stumbling-block of disobedience and rebellion ... to which are added V. A treatise de jure partitatis episcoporum: and an account of the life of the author, never before published: with an exact table to the whole, (London, 1681). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BX5037.H3.

Homes, Nathanael, An essay concerning the Sabbath; or the sabbath-days rest from controversie, (1673). Cardiff rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos.

Homes, Nathanael, Plain dealing, or the cause and cure of the present evils of the times, Being a treatise, (1650). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos.

Hutchinson, Francis, An historical essay concerning witchcraft: with observations upon matters of fact; tending to clear the texts of the sacred scriptures, and confute the vulgar errors about that point: and also two sermons: one in proof of the Christian religion; the other concerning good and evil angels, (London, 1720). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BF1565.H8 1720.

Jewel, John, A replie vnto M. Hardinges ansvveare: by perusinge whereof the discrete, and diligent reader may easily see, the weake, and vnstable groundes of the Romaine religion, whiche of late hath beene accompted Catholique, (London, 1566). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BX5130.J3.

Knox, John, The historie of the reformation of the Church of Scotland: containing five books: together with some treatises conducing to the history. Published by authority, (London, 1644). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BR385.K6.

Kunne, Albrecht, Quaestio determinata contra triplicem errorem de Antichristi revelation, (Memmingen, 1486). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Incunabula 183.

Locke, John, The works of John Locke: in four volumes, (London, 1768). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, (B1253.D68).

Maxwell, James, Admirable and notable prophesies, uttered in former times by 24 famous Romain Catholicks, concerning the Church of Romes defection, tribulation, and reformation, (1615). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos.

Mede, Joseph, The apostasy of the latter times, (1642). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos.

More, Henry, A modest enquiry into the mystery of iniquity: the first part, containing a careful and impartial delineation of the true idea of Antichristianism in the real and genuine members thereof, such as are indeed opposite to the indispensable purposes of the Gospel of Christ, and to the interest of his kingdome, (London, 1664). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BT70.M6.

Pareo, D Davide, Corpus doctrinae Christianae. Ecclesarum a Papatu Romanoreformatarum, (1651). Cardiff Rare Books: Continental.

Parker, Robert, A scholasticall discourse against symbolizing with Antichrist in ceremonies: especially in the signe of the crosse, (Middelburg, 1607). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BV197.S5.P2.

Perkins, William, The works of that famous and vvorthy minister of Christ in the Vniversitie of Cambridge, M. VVilliam Perkins: The second volume. Newly corrected according to his owne copies. VVith distinct chapters, and contents of every booke prefixed: and two tables of the whole adjoyned; one of the matters and questions, the other of choice places of Scripture, (London, 1631). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BR75.P3.

Perkins, William , The whole treatise of the cases of conscience, (1636). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos.

Perkins, William , A golden chaine: or the description of theologie, (1603). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos.

Rutherford, Samuel, A survey of the spritual antichrist, (1648). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos.

Salis, Summa casuum conscientiae quae, (1488). Cardiff Rare Books: Incunabula.

Salkeld, John, A treatise of angels.  Of the nature, essence, place, power, science, (1613). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos.

Savonarola, Girolamo, Compendio di reuelatione, (Impresso i Firenze, 1495). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Incunabula 152.

Stoiber, Ubald, Armamentarium ecclesiasticum complectens arma spiritualia fortissima ad insultus diabolicoselidendos, & feliciter superandos. Gastl. 1757. Editio quarta ... Pedeponti, Sumptibus Joan. (Gastl. 1757). Humanities Microfilm 46. Reel: 88, Item No. 929.

Strange & terrible newes from Cambridge, being a true relation of the Quakers bewitching of Mary Philips, likewise her speech to the scholars and countrey-men ... her oath before the judges and justices, and the names of the Quakers brought to tryal ... with the judgment of the court (London,  1659) Humaities Microfilm 46.  Reel: 88, Item No. 932.

Summa confessionis intitulata pacifica conscientia, [c1506]. Cardiff Rare Books: Continental.

Taylor, Jeremy, Symbolon theologikon: or A collection of polemicall discourses: wherein the Church of England, in its worst as well as more flourishing condition, is defended in many material points, against the attempts of the papists on one hand, and the fanaticks on the other. Together with some additional pieces addressed to the promotion of practical religion and daily devotion, (London, 1674). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BX5136.T2.

Turner, William, A compleat history of the most remarkable providences, both of judgment and mercy, which have hapned in this present age: Extracted from the best writers, the author's own observations, and the numerous relations sent him from divers parts of the three kingdoms. To which is added, whatever is curious in the works of nature and art. The whole digested into one volume, under proper heads; being a work set on foot thirty years ago, by the Reverend Mr. Pool, author of the Synopsis criticorum: and since undertaken and finish'd, (London, 1697). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BT135.T8.

Wake, William, A discourse concerning the nature of idolatry: in which a late author's true and onely notion of idolatry is considered and confuted, (London, 1688). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Octavos, BX1766 .E55 1688.

Willet, Andrew, An harmonie vpon the first booke of Samuel: wherein according to the methode and order obserued in Hexapla vpon Genesis and Exodus, but more compendiously abridged, these speciall things are obserued vpon euery chapter. The diuers readings compared, doubtfull questions explaned, places of Scripture reconciled, controversies briefly touched, and morall collections applyed. VVherein aboue fowre hundred theologicall questions are handled, with great breuitie, and much varietie, (Cambridge, 1614). Cardiff Rare Books Collection: Early English Folios, BS1325.W4.