What is a grimoire? The word has a familiar ring to many people, particularly as a consequence of such popular television dramas as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But the grimoire represents much more than just magic. As this book richly demonstrates, the history of grimoires illuminates many of the most. Review: Grimoires: A History of Magic Books by Owen DaviesJad Adams finds a mixture of the sacred and profane in books of spells.

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Bailey’s Magic and Superstition in Europe: I strongly advise od use in combination with Manly P. But at their most sinister they provide instructions on how to manipulate people for corrupt purposes and, worst of all, to call up and make a pact with the Devil. The first relevant book burnings were of pagan writings by the newly assertive and totalitarian Christian communities of the late Roman Empire although the Roman authorities were quite happy to burn books that defied state control of religion long before Constantine.

Perhaps this may be one clue to the determination of the authorities to suppress the grimoire – in its cack-handed way, the grimoire says that no intermediation is required between the punter and his book.

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If you want a good book for getting into studying the cultural history of magic, Grimoires is a solid choice. From Cardiff, he went on to write a doctorate at Lancaster University, working on a thesis looking at the continuation and decline of popular belief in witchcraft and magic from the Witchcraft Act to the Fraudulent Mediums Act Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

At their most benign, they contain charms and remedies for natural and supernatural ailments and advice on contacting spirits to help find treasures and protect from evil. You get to see a list of what you are missing. The subject matter is really interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed half – two-thirds of the book. All three made use of grimoire lore. I would recommend grimoiees where permitted carry a copy, along with people who have a borderline fanatic interest in the history of writing, symbolism or communication.


May 18, Julia Phillips rated it it was amazing. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. There are some wonderful tales of gullible treasure-seeking yokels being thoroughly done over by trickster ‘sorcerers’ in the chapter on the pre-revolutionary era in France and Switzerland. grmioires

Grimoires: A History of Magic Books

Visions of Religion Stephen S. You will learn a lot from any of his works. English Choose a language for shopping. Jun 15, Edric Unsane rated it it was amazing Shelves: D Do you believe in magic?

At their most benign, these repositories of forbidden knowledge revealed how to make powerful talismans and protective amulets, and provided charms and conjurations grrimoires healing illness, finding love, and warding off evil.

We will use magic because you have given us nothing or what you give us is conditional on our acceptance of your standards and ‘morality’ without asking us what we want. After Templar exposure European magic was exposed to Arabic works like the piciatrix, astrology and the amalgamation of Jewish Kabballah, Christian mysticism and Islamic Sufiism.

From around the age of sixteen, he also became interested in archaeology and began to get involved with field-walking and earthwork surveying. Nov 22, Scott Ferry rated it really liked it. At time it chronology was difficult to follow. I am just now grimlires an earlier book of his on the cunning folk in historical England because if found Grimoires to be such a great read.


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Jul 03, Edward Brock rated it really liked it. ComiXology Thousands grimpires Digital Comics. Sometimes the seekers were tricked: But far too often the book confines itself to dry recitation, with precious little analysis on offer to enliven the proceedings or put the mass of facts in context.

Showing of 36 reviews. Spelling errors, poor punctuation, sloppy paragraphing — they have no place in a scholarly work like this.

See all 36 reviews. These are just minor points, but a bit more exposition might have helped to clarify why Davies emphasizes certain aspects of magic but breezes over others — worthy of note, I think, because many of the works characterized as grimoires the Grand and Petit Alberts, Key of Solomon, books attributed to Agrippa, etc.

At times, it seems not much more than a compilation of information about these books century by century but this serves one important purpose – it strips away any notion that the bulk of these books served any other purpose than personal aggrandisement in an age of poverty and lack of welfare provision.

Paradoxically, as capitalism triumphed and the world became mabic materialistic, esoteric knowledge flourished in the occult revival.

At their most benign, these repositories of forbidden magjc revealed how to make powerful talismans and protective amulets, and provided charms and conjurations for healing illness, finding love, and warding off evil.

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