The Book of English Magic

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Overlook, Oct 14, 2010 - History - 576 pages
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Have you ever wanted to know more about alchemy, mix up a herbal remedy, dowse for water, perform a spell, or find out more about "second sight"? Did the Harry Potter books ignite your curiosity about wizardry? 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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User Review  - allyshaw - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - aadyer - LibraryThing

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

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About the author (2010)

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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