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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By this I mean both time and book. The book has recorded many interesting facts and placed them together, which is a valuable exercise in itself.

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Beginning in earnest with the fertile environment of intellectual cross-pollination around the eastern Mediterranean during the late 1st millennium BCE, the book proceeds chronologically up to the present, primarily focusing on developments in the grimoire tradition of Europe and its colonial extensions quite forgivably, as this comprises the geographic continuum in which ‘grimoires’ per se actually circulatedwith brief mentions of parallels in Arabic contexts.

In keeping with this spirit, Grimoires is a beautifully produced, surprisingly inexpensive book with black end papers and suitably antique illustrations, though a larger type size would have been welcome, for the benefit of older scryers. This book will do wonders to educate. But, at their best, their use represents a revolutionary act under conditions where there is no power for the people, where sexual repression is normal, where conditions are poor and life short and where religion represents social order rather than personal meaning.

Ebook This title is available as an ebook. Very well researched and informative. Given the above caveats, Davies’ text is still an enjoyable and informative read.

America Bewitched Owen Davies. I really enjoy books that lead me to other books.

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Iceland, on the other hand, had a high level of literacy for women at the time of its witch trials. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers magif customers. Still, I give it five stars because I found it fascinating. This book is well researched as are all his works from beginning to end. As surviving examples grimoiires the period show, the grimoires being used in this northern outpost of European culture consisted of daviies very distinctive blend of Continental magic, with borrowings from Solomonic texts and the like, and the Nordic runic tradition.

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These include everything from the simple wish for good health, to protection against vy magical attack, to means of finding great wealth the latter, unsurprisingly, figuring prominently in the business practices of many 20th-century publishers. You ought not to be seduced by the notion, for instance, that “kabbalah” is a pure and uniquely Hebrew system of divination that dates to antiquity, when in reality it is a barely pre-modern pastiche of Arab astral magic!

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Books themselves were considered holy and special people called scribes wrote books in general. What people did with grimoires is well covered. Share your thoughts with other customers. Do you believe in magic?

Look davjes the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. Grimoires and magic would later go through more changes as groups like the Golden Dawn would use them not as a basis for results based magic but rather for spiritual developement.

Across the Oceans 5. There may have been occasional links between sorcery and witchcraft but, outside Iceland, they were rare.

Grimoires: A History of Magic Books

Mar 11, Tim Pendry rated it it was amazing Shelves: And yet, that doesn’t the book shouldn’t be fun to read, does it? Daview and Treasure 4. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Owen Davies’ Grimoires is an extraordinary assortment of riches – it is highly recommended. Popular Magic in English History.


Want to Read saving…. Even between these time poles of sincerity, there are islands of genuine investigation into ‘other forces’ – Ot may have been a fraud but Dee really does seem favies have believed grimoiires he could talk with the angels. Both types have proven remarkably resilient and adaptable and retain much of their relevance and fascination to this day. They were leather bound written with special ink onn parchment. They also reflect, in form of presentation as well as practical instructions, the values and concerns of their authors and consumers.

This continued through out Greek and Roman times and finally reached Europe after the Crusades when Templars came into contact with Middle Eastern culture and spirituality. A good interdisciplinary book in religion, sociology, anthropology, and history.

A History of Pagan Witchcraft. So there was I lot I didn’t know, and the book was well-written and a pleasure to read. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

It seems a little rushed by the end, but by devoting the work to the written histories as acceptable evidence, Owen is only reflecting the weight of the study – not any personal pretense that only those from long ago and far away have meritorious analyses!

The text reads like a second draft — mostly comprehensible, but filled with small errors that together add up to a big problem. 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.