Grimoires: A History of Magic Books

grimoiresI am currently reading Professor Owen Davies’ Grimoires: A History of Magic Books. Davies, a professor at the University of Hertfordshire, is well known for his extensive writings on witchcraft, magic, religion, and the paranormal, and this glimpse into the world of magical grimoires, still available from, is well worth its weight in coinage.

“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

I posted this a couple of years ago, but it bears repeating. These are Professor Davies’ Top 10 Grimoires, noteworthy as much for what didn’t make the cut as for what did:

1. The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses

Although one of the more recent grimoires, first circulating in manuscript…

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