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Introduction ; 1. Spells from the east ; 2. Conjuring clergy ; 3. War against magic ; 4. Enlightenment and treasure ; 5. Crossing the oceans ; 6. Rediscovering ancient magic ; 7. Grimoires USA ; 8. Pulp magic ; 9. Reinventing the grimoire ; Conclusion ; Notes ; Index

About 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.


Excellent and nuanced volume. Michael Ostling, History Today Anyone who is interested in...this subject will find this book an invaluable reference, and they will be entertained. Alec Ryrie, Times Higher Education Erudite and entertaining addition to book scholarship. Jad Adams, The Guardian 'Grimoires' is a beautifully produced, surprisingly inexpensive book with black end papers and suitably antique illustrations. Jad Adams, The Guardian This book is undoubtedly a necessary reference work for anyone with a serious interest in the history of magic. Brian Gibbons, BBC History Magazine This is a very well researched book. Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

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