Grimoires: A History of Magic Books

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Oxford University Press, 2010 - 368 עמודים
No books have been more feared than grimoires, and no books have been more valued and revered. In Grimoires: A History of Magic Books, Owen Davies illuminates the many fascinating forms these recondite books have taken and exactly what these books held. At their most benign, these repositories of forbidden knowledge revealed how to make powerful talismans and protective amulets, and provided charms and conjurations for healing illness, finding love, and warding off evil. But other books promised the power to control innocent victims, even to call up the devil. Davies traces the history of this remarkably resilient and adaptable genre, from the ancient Middle East to modern America, offering a new perspective on the fundamental developments of western civilization over the past two thousand years. Grimoires shows the influence magic and magical writing has had on the cultures of the world, richly demonstrating the role they have played in the spread of Christianity, the growth of literacy, and the influence of western traditions from colonial times to the present.
 

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Really excellent study on the history of magical writing. Highly recommended for anyone into magic or the history of books. קרא סקירה מלאה

תוכן

Introduction
1
1 Ancient and Medieval Grimoires
6
2 The War against Magic
44
3 Enlightenment and Treasure
93
4 Across the Oceans
139
5 Rediscovering Ancient Magic
168
6 Grimoires USA
189
7 Pulp Magic
232
8 Lovecraft Satan and Shadows
262
Epilogue
278
Picture Acknowledgements
284
Further Reading
285
Notes
291
Index
351
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Owen Davies is Reader in Social History at the University of Hertfordshire. His previous books include The Haunted: A Social History of Ghosts; Murder, Magic, Madness: The Victorian Trials of Dove and the Wizard; and Cunning-folk: Popular Magic in English History.

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