“Red Cover” – Lulu Link – Amazon Link
“Brown Cover” – Lulu Link – Amazon Link
After a year of labor, the new book’s finally finished! If you’ve ever wondered what scholars talk about when speaking of the “magical components” in medieval exorcisms, then wonder no more!
The new book contains several selections from Medieval exorcism manuscripts, with the complete rituals being given (in Manuals that contained multiple rituals, I gave a sampling).
For those unfamiliar with the Manuals, the primary source-texts of Catholic exorcism, the exorcisms of elves, dryads, and other spirits from folk beliefs, this book can be your introduction.
For those of you already familiar with the Manuals, this may be the first time substantial sections have been put into English, especially the Teilrituale or CLM 10085 – possibly one of the original “Solomonic-Catholic exorcism manuals” – and a full translation for Conjuration of Mirage from the so-called “Munich Manual,” CLM 849.
For those unfamiliar with the relationship between medieval exorcism and contemporary magical texts, this book can open your eyes to how fluid certain parts of medieval thought were compared to the comparative rigidity of Catholic thought on the subject now.
For those familiar with the relationships between medieval exorcism texts and contemporary magical rituals, this book gives you a chance to see the texts and make your own comparisons.
The book has two covers, “Red Cover” (Lulu Link – Amazon Link) and a “Brown Cover” (Lulu Link – Amazon Link). I can make that available if there’s any demand for it, and may likewise create a Kindle edition if enough people think it’s important.
(I strongly believe in the superiority of print, and despise the .epub format and anything having to do with it. That’s why I need to you tell me if it’s worth pursuing the trouble!)
Here’s the back-cover text, and I plan on posting about my experiences with the Manual that most got my attention by the end of next week!
Exotic Rites and Forbidden Conjurations!
Books on exorcism sometimes talk about the “exotic character” of medieval Catholic exorcisms, but tend to give very little in the way of details. Outside of scholarly writings, even those details are seldom known.
That is, until now.
This book contains the complete texts for several complete medieval rituals, including:
– The oldest-surviving Western exorcism manuscript.
– Conjurations against Elves and the “Seven Sisters”
– “Solomonic” exorcism rites from the 15th century.
– Medieval Catholic exorcists’ “Seals of Protection”
– The “Seventy-Two Names” of Jesus and Mary.
– Why medieval exorcists used “Barbarous Names.”
– How grimoirists perverted these rites for magic.
– Lists of demons medieval exorcists were fighting.
– A sample of even more exotic Renaissance exorcisms.
– Manuscript illustrations from several exorcism texts.
Whether you’re an experienced exorcist or a casual reader, this book can be your gateway to a deeper knowledge of exorcism than most ever knew existed!
Reblogged this on Seraphin Station and commented:
How am I just now hearing about this?! (squeals)
For y’all who don’t know me from back in the day, I’m a medievalist by training and wrote my doctoral dissertation on portrayals of the soul-body relationship in medieval English religious literature. This involved dipping into all kinds of things – poetry, herbals, sermons, penitentials, medical manuals – lots of old manuscripts in multiple dead languages. And it required gobs of original translation because much of it had never seen the light of day in modern English.
So I’m here to assert that medieval Christianity was often way freakin’ weirder than you probably think; many of the ideas we’ve absorbed about what it was like are incredibly off-base for many times and places of the era; and sometimes our operative categories for understanding and talking about this stuff don’t work *at all* and lead to mischaracterization and mistranslation. It’s absolutely fascinating.
Getting access to these old manuscripts can be quite difficult, and reading them is frequently brutal.
So *I cannot wait to read this.* This is me as a little kid, and I’m about to walk into the candy store.
I’d be interested in this book having a digital version; at your usual ebook prices, the other 2 of the exorcism trilogy as well. (If it matters, I’m a non-Christian who read lots of John Michael Greer, would have a bigger historical interest in this book than the other 2, and have too many books to have all of them on paper.) Thanks!
I’ve been working on a ebook version for this and “Handbook” with corrected typos, though the Big Book’s formatting wouldn’t allow for a kindle version (not without using the textbook converter, and that means problems for a lot of readers). I’ll probably release them this summer, after the manuscripts I’m currently writing are finished and launched.
Well, that’ll be the 2 first (as opposed to the 2 last), so great! I await them, and to find out what else you’re writing!