Grimoires: A History of Magic Books [NOOK Book]


Grimoires-a history of the world's most dangerous books, from ancient Egypt to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, told in full here for the first time.

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Grimoires-a history of the world's most dangerous books, from ancient Egypt to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, told in full here for the first time.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An amazing achievement, not just for its depth of research but its breadth, from Massachusetts to Martinique to Mauritius. It must become the classic work on the subject."--Ronald Hutton, author of The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Pagan Witchcraft

"Excellent and nuanced."--History Today

"A sweeping, fascinating history... Highly recommended."--CHOICE

"Among the many pleasures of reading Davies' book is the simple, shiver-producing enjoyment of scanning the rich, ominous-sounding titles that he catalogs in the course of charting their historical development."--Los Angeles Times

"Davies...opens up sp many new and fascinating areas in the history of magic."--Michael D. Baily, Iowa State University

"Davies' book is indeed a remarkable accumulation of exotic data...Owen Davies' Grimoires is an extraordinary assortment of riches - it is highly recommended."--Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191509247
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 3/26/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 647,019
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Plates xi

Introduction 1

1 Ancient and Medieval Grimoires 6

2 The War against Magic 44

3 Enlightement 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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