By Richard Kieckhefer
Preserved within the Bavarian country Library in Munich is a manuscript that few students have spotted and that not anyone nowa days has handled with the seriousness it merits. Forbidden Rites comprises an version of this medieval Latin textual content with a whole statement, together with precise 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 overdue center a while. the result's the main shiny and readable creation 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 really is unheard of, notwithstanding, within the scope and diversity of its contents—prayers and conjurations, rituals of sympathetic magic, systems related to astral magic, a listing of spirits, long ceremonies for consecrating a booklet of magic, and different fabrics.
With extra aspect on specific experiments than the well-known thirteenth-century Picatrix and extra sort than the Thesaurus Necromantiae ascribed to Roger Bacon, the handbook is among the finest and demanding manuscripts of medieval magic that has but come to light.
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Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer’s Manual of the Fifteenth Century (Magic in History) by Richard Kieckhefer