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!