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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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As Davies suggests, magic and grimoires are unlikely to disappear from our culture very soon. But the grimoire represents much more than just magic.

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A Witch’s Handbook from the trial records of the Venetian Inquisition. In fact, excerpts of stories are told with compassion and humour that shows just how well he connects well with the personal impact of grimoires on individuals as well as societies. But other books promised the power to control innocent victims, even to call up the devil.

I was hooked from page one – history, lore, legends, so delicious! Jun 04, Bruno rated it really liked it. Owen Davies’ Grimoires is an extraordinary assortment of riches – it is highly recommended. The book has recorded many interesting facts and placed them together, which is a valuable exercise in itself. A Griimoires of Magic Books. It also robbed them of their power. Manuscripts got mangled, attributed inappropriately, given antiquities that do not stand up to scrutiny.


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Oxford University Press; 1 edition December 1, Language: Do you believe in magic? Owens did some great research into DeLaurence’s life and works and i would love it if he expanded that section into a full biography of the eccentric hypnotist who became the true proselytizer of the occult to American, Caribbean and African audiences.

There are places in the text where sentences repeat, maybe not word for word, but close enough to distract the reader. They are printed on the proper glossy paper and are thus legible. A fascinating and thorough study of Grimoires. I was also unfamiliar with 19th and 20th century publications and their effects on Europe and South America.

Grimoires: A History of Magic Books by Owen Davies

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Those who, like me, have spent hiatory whole lives collecting and studying classical grimoires will find this a cherished addition to their libraries. Put simply, grimoires are books of spells that were first recorded in the Ancient Middle East and which have developed and spread across much of the Western Hemisphere and beyond over the ensuing millennia.

See all 36 reviews. The pulp novelist HP Lovecraft wrote of boiks fictional grimoire, the Necronomicon. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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