Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer's Manual of the Fifteenth Century (Magic in History)

By Richard Kieckhefer

Preserved within the Bavarian nation Library in Munich is a manuscript that few students have spotted and that nobody nowa days has handled with the seriousness it merits. Forbidden Rites includes an version of this medieval Latin textual content with an entire observation, together with particular research of the textual content and its contents, dialogue of the historic context, translation of consultant sections of the textual content, and comparability with different necromantic texts of the past due heart a while. the result's the main shiny and readable advent to medieval magic now to be had.

Like many medieval texts for using magicians, this instruction manual is a miscellany instead of a scientific treatise. it's unheard of, even though, within the scope and diversity of its contents—prayers and conjurations, rituals of sympathetic magic, tactics concerning astral magic, a list of spirits, long ceremonies for consecrating a e-book of magic, and different fabrics.

With extra element on specific experiments than the recognized thirteenth-century Picatrix and extra type than the Thesaurus Necromantiae ascribed to Roger Bacon, the handbook is without doubt one of the finest and significant manuscripts of medieval magic that has but come to light.

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