Wizards: A History

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Tempus, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 222 pages
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From Simon Magus to Merlin, Faust to Cornelius Agrippa, the Comte de Saint Germain to Aleister Crowley, the magician has been both fêted and feared. An awesome figure in real life and in literature, he has retained his hold on the Western imagination in the teeth of scientific advance. P.G. Maxwell-Stuart’s history of the wizard from ancient times to the present shows just how extraordinary a character the wizard has proved to be--not merely a conjuring trickster or malicious egotist in league with Satan (though there have been plenty of both), but also a deeply religious person intent on using magic the better to understand the mind of God.

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Interesting…. There's some useful information, moreso about the distant(ish) past than times nearer to our own. Very much a broad brush approach, as it would have to be in a book of this length (222 ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
7
The Ritual Magician and his Work
13
Evocation and Ecstasy in the Ancient World
33
Copyright

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P. G. Maxwell-Stuart is Lecturer in History at the University of St. Andrews and is an acknowledged expert on the occult.

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