Acknowledgments Introduction: The Six Kinds of Magic Part One On the Magic of the Middle Ages 1 Names and Signatures 2 The Magical Characters of the Planets 3 Demons and Illnesses 4 Magical Healing 5 Remedies Taken from the Human Body 6 Love Magic 7 The Protection of Humans, Livestock, and Property 8 Magic Rings 9 Magic Operations 10 The Magic of Images 11 Orisons 12 Magic Alphabets Part Two From Scholarly Magic to Folk Magic 13 The Romanus-Buchlein 14 The Doctor of the Poor 15 Extracts from Various Grimoires Notes Bibliography Index
Claude Lecouteux is a former professor of mediaeval literature and civilisation at the Sorbonne. He is the author of numerous books on mediaeval and pagan beliefs and magic, including A Lapidary of Sacred Stones, The Return of the Dead, The Secret History of Vampires and Phantom Armies of the Night. He lives in Paris.
"Lecouteux is a genius. I have been gratefully following his research--which provides information I have never found in other locations--for years. As someone who has seen no small amount of grimoires, I can attest to the practical as well as scholarly nature of this book. Whether you are hunting for healing charms or just trying to find out more about the history of grimoires, this work will not disappoint you. Lecouteux's brilliant observations are the icing on the cake for this amalgamation of various works, outlining workable incantations and valuable lost techniques. I was particularly pleased to find a list of Solomon's demons with their diseases and remedies within the pages. This book is a serious contribution to occult work and a joy to read." Maja D'Aoust, White Witch of L.A., astrologer, counselor, and coauthor of The Secrets Source "A grimoire is a textbook of magic that typically include instructions on how to create magical objects like talismans and amulets, how to perform magic spells, charms, and divination, and how to summon the dead or supernatural spirits. This book is a far-reaching study of magical books and shares the techniques and instructions mentioned above. The book is well documented and extensive, though not exhaustive. It isn't really for the novice but one with a deep interest in magical arts." David H., Book Bargains, February 2014