Witchcraft and Black Magic

July 20, 2016 - Comment

Intriguing, thoroughly researched volume provides expert historical view of demonology and the occult, drawing information from the Bible, literary classics, personal memoirs, correspondence, and court records. Scholarly, yet highly readable study defines witchcraft, then examines ceremonial practices, the casting of spells and conjuring, celebration of the Black Mass, and much more. A masterfully written work

Intriguing, thoroughly researched volume provides expert historical view of demonology and the occult, drawing information from the Bible, literary classics, personal memoirs, correspondence, and court records. Scholarly, yet highly readable study defines witchcraft, then examines ceremonial practices, the casting of spells and conjuring, celebration of the Black Mass, and much more. A masterfully written work for anyone interested in supernatural phenomena, this book has been hailed by critic H. L. Mencken as “learned, honest, and amusing.”

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Matthew S. Schweitzer says:

Another Work on Witchcraft from the Rev Montague Summers This is yet another treatise on the history of witchcraft and the occult by the ubiquitous early 20th century occult writer Montague Summers. This work, originally published in 1946, just two years before Summers’ death, deals with more of the same material Summers covers better in his earlier work “History of Witchcraft and Demonology”. Here he further covers witchcraft and occult lore and superstition, the history of witchcraft from anicent to early modern times, including the period of the…

andrea schmidt-baumann says:

Nonsense This book is utter nonsense. Stay away from it. Summers was either totally crazy or a total crook. He claims (or at least pretends) to believe in the reality of witchcraft. Everything medieval and early modern authors had to say about witches is, according to Summers, simply the truth. Summers justifies the witch hunts shamelessly. This book is an insult to all the victims of the witch craze. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not a Wicca or something like that, I’m just interested in serious history. And…

paul mason says:

Trying to be Fair Granted this book was published in 1946 I believe. Anyway it is not the most up to date treatise ever on the subject, which is what I had to bear in mind as I read it.The preface and first chapter tie witchcraft to Satanism in a very no holds barred manner, brooking no debate. Even though I am not a practising witch or wiccan I found that offensive until I reminded myself on Summer’s background and the age of text.This is a history of witchcraft and Black magic and is…

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