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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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.

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It would brilliant beyond words. The American book pirate L. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. English Choose a language for shopping. Owen Davies gives you the inside scoop on all of it. I like what Mavic reading. In successive totalitarian Christian reformations, magic became debased into a presumption of evil when all it really was was a challenge to intellectual authority.

This is quite a dense book but perfectly readable. Maybe the Norwegian settlers who came to Iceland from the late ninth century onwards brought with them strong elements of the male shamanic cultures of the Saami, which continued to shape the magical tradition of Finland and northern Scandinavia into the early modern period. Highly recommended for anyone into magic or the history of books. Review “An amazing achievement, not just for its depth of research but its breadth, from Massachusetts to Martinique to Mauritius.

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A fascinating and thorough study of Grimoires. Write a customer review. It comes alive, becoming more than a linking of antiquarian facts, when it gets to the eighteenth century.

I was hooked from page one – history, lore, legends, so delicious! Grimoire for the Green Witch: See all 36 reviews. If I could have given more than five stars I would hiistory.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. At their most benign, they contain charms and remedies for natural and supernatural ailments and advice on contacting spirits to help find treasures and protect from evil. Bolks 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!


This is, again, probably down to levels of literacy eavies the height of the witchcraft trials.

Grimoires: A History of Magic Books

historry Any person with the power to interpret the book can decide their own destiny in terms of sex, power and spirit which is a standing challenge to all established priests, experts and intellectuals. There are other insights – into the controversial debate over Mormonism’s debt to the grimoire tradition, into irrationalism in American settler society, into the adaptation grinoires grimoires to creole needs gtimoires their use by various Caribbean cultures often cleverly exploited by American pulp publishers and, more generally, into capitalist exploitation of folk demand for grimoires with much useful background on the American pulp publisher entry into the market.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Tends to focus on books that maintain a historical relevance sometimes up to the present day and misses some of the isolated grimoires that nonetheless are still relevant to the topic.

Particularly interesting is Davies chapter on the publishing of such books in the United States between the wars and the influence such books had on magic cultures outside the States. 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 dwvies of western traditions from colonial times to the present.

AS a result books themselves regardless of subject matter were considered magical. Apr 23, Sienna rated it liked it Shelves: I was thoroughly engaged throughout this book and there is an extensive list of references and bibliography for ggimoires reader who wishes to delve further in to this world beneath worlds. You ought not to be seduced by The Esoteric and the occult are, by their nature, extremely obscure, obfuscated subjects.

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A History of Magic BooksOwen Davies illuminates the many fascinating forms these recondite books have taken and exactly what these books held. Davies has previously written on popular magic and cunning-folk, so that may explain the periodic glossing of content, and his chapter notes are pretty generous if you’re looking for This was a fascinating but frustrating read.


This disturbed the catholic church and the protestants but for different reason. He then went on to study archaeology and history at Cardiff University and he spent many weeks over the next six years helping excavate Bronze Age and Neolithic sites in France and England, mostly in the area around Avebury.

hitsory Believers were highly resistant to challenge. Feb 10, Grayson rated it really liked it Shelves: Around trials are known to have occurred in this former Danish territory, and nearly a third of them involved grimoires, written spells, or runes and symbols derived from them. The sixth and seventh books of Moses appear throughout modern human history as Grimoires and an eighth book of Moses was reported to have been discovered in the 4th century BCE.

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.

This continued through out Greek and Roman times and finally reached Europe after the Crusades when Templars came into contact hietory Middle Eastern culture and spirituality.

Historic superstition has been replaced by scientific knowledge, peer review and scepticism. The book is a history of grimoires, books of magic, and their constant presence in western culture from the dawn of writing through the invention of the printing press and finally magc the enormous stack of them you can find here on Amazon.

The democratisation of high magic in the Renaissance meant suddenly everyone was at it, and the demand grew for books oween the runic farting spell; the use of candles made from the fat of a hanged man; and practical manuals for causing rain, seducing women or for making enemies mute with “a weezle’s tongue, dried bkoks worn in the shoe”.