The Book of English Magic

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Abrams, Oct 14, 2010 - History - 576 pages
Through experiments to try and places to visit, as well as a historical exploration of magic and interviews with leading magicians, The Book of English Magic will introduce you to the extraordinary world that lies beneath the surface. Magic runs through the veins of English history, part of daily life from the earliest Arthurian legends to Aleister Crowley to the novels of Tolkien and Philip Pullman, and from the Druids to Freemasonry and beyond. Richly illustrated and deeply knowledgeable, this book is an invaluable source for anyone curious about magic and wizardry, or for sophisticated practitioners wanting to learn more.
 

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Not sure who the audience is for this book. Serious practitioners will find it all a bit superficial and scatter-shot, curious skeptics will find it equally frustrating. It is poorly edited as well ... Read full review

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Impressive collection of esoteric lore, of great value for those interested in the subject Read full review

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Contents

Title Page
CHAPTER ONE ANCIENT ROOTS AND MAGIC WANDS
CHAPTER TWO THE MAGICIANS ORGANISE THEMSELVES
CHAPTER THREE STARCUNNING AND WYRDCRAFT
CHAPTER FOUR THE MATTER OF BRITAIN
CHAPTER FIVE SKINTURNING AND SPELLCRAFT
CHAPTER SIX TRANSMUTATION AND TRANSFORMATION
CHAPTER SEVEN THE QUEENS ASTROLOGER
CHAPTER EIGHT THE SHAGHAIRD WIZARD OF PEPPER ALLEY
CHAPTER NINE THE ENGLISH MERCURY LOVER
CHAPTER TEN THE SPIRITS OF DEAD MAGICIANS
CHAPTER ELEVEN OPENING PANDORAS
CHAPTER TWELVE THE WIZARDS RETURN
Appendix
Acknowledgements
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Philip Carr-Gomm is a writer and psychologist. He trained with Ross Nichols, the founder of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, and has led the Order for over twenty years. He has written for CNN’s Belief Blog. Sir Richard Heygate is a co-author of Endangered Species.

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