This classic of esoterica explores witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, damnation, Satanism, and every variety of magic. Written by the field's foremost scholar, it features colorful, little-known anecdotes about witches, devils, and their arts. It also provides numerous historical accounts of witch trials and surveys the role of witches in literature.
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About the Author
Montague Summers (18801948) wrote numerous books on witches, vampires, and werewolves from a true believer's point of view. He also edited and translated several important early texts on demonology and witchcraft.
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After reading Montigue Summers so-called history, I have concluded that this priest was a virulent ant-Protestant with a Medieval grasp of theology. Now sixty years after his death, I am surprised he's still in print. Not only does Summers treat Protestantism and the Reformation as an evil abberation, but he delights in the persecution of all those demented people who thought they were witches. For Summers burning at the stake was a fitting punishment for both witches and heretics, of whom he includes such great protestant reformeres as John Calvin and John Knox. His insulting language about Queen Elizabeth is beneath contempt. In addition to what I consider unfair are the sweeping generalization Summers makes about the enemies of the Catholic church. This hate-mongering priest is not even a good advocate of his church. Since the cruel and unChristian persecutions of both Catholic and Protestant leaders, both the mother church and its offspring have long since given up persecution and rely on prayer. The Popes have called witchcraft an abberation requiring prayer not persecution. Calling Protestants heretics, as Summer had done, is also unfair to the Catholic church, which has become a tolerant nurturing church.