Matthew and Diana arrive in Bohemia to search for Edward Kelley and the Book of Life, which they believe to be in his possession. They meet Emperor Rudolf II, who immediately expresses a lascivious interest in Diana; she uses his interest to get inside his fabled collection of magical artifacts in search of the Book of Life, but Gallowglass can only find chilling evidence of Rudolf’s morbid fascination with creatures.
Matthew’s protective jealousy causes problems as he and Diana are invited on a grouse hunt: pushed to the edge by the Emperor’s advances, Matthew sets his bird on Rudolf’s and inflames the Emperor’s wrath. At dinner, Diana chooses to reveal her power to Rudolph when provoked by the manner in which Rudolf treats a Rabbi, and she magically animates a serpent.
Knowing her power is exposed, Matthew, Diana and Gallowglass make a daring bid for the Book, and discover it in the hands of a raving Edward Kelley. He tears three pages out before they can steal it from him and flee, and Matthew realises that the Book is made from the skin of creatures. In the present day, Knox arrives at the Emperor’s lodge, and sees evidence that the Book was once there; he is getting closer.
- Writer – Joseph Wilde
- Director – Farren Blackburn
- Producer – Edoardo Ferretti
A Discovery of Witches: Episode 7 airs on Friday 19 February 9pm on Sky One and NOW TV