I like to look through the books in the religion and philosophy section on occasion to see if any new books on Paganism or witchcraft have been published. Most often, I’m afraid to say, I leave disappointed because sitting on the shelves are same regurgitated books that have always been sitting there. Regurgitated because the stalls of authors in the few publishing houses that publish books on Paganism and witchcraft tend to quote each other in a meaningless circle.
This book caught me by surprise. A look at the history of magic in England. I read the back cover and flipped through the table of contents.
Absolutely fascinated. I had to buy it!
England has a rich history of magical lore and practice. English authors such as J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, and J.K.Rowling, dominate the world of magic in fiction, but from the earliest times, England has also acted as home to generations of eccentrics and scholars who have researched and explored every conceivable kind of occult art. Most people are torn between a fascination with magic and an almost instinctive fear of the occult, of a world redolent with superstition and illusion. And yet more people now practice magic in England than at any time in her history. The Book of English Magic explores this hidden story, from its first stirrings to our present-day fascination with all things magical. Along the way readers are offered a great menu of magical things to do and places to visit.
Why you should read this book
If you have any interest at all in Paganism or magic then you want to read this book.
Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate have tracked down and gathered together information from all across England and throughout time about magic and its place in England’s history. From the mysterious peoples of long ago who built barrows and dolmans across the land to the modern neo-pagan movement, with Druids and Alchemists and Freemasons in between, magic is very much a part of England.
But don’t just take my word for it, this can be found on the back cover.
Through experiments to try and places to visit, as well as an historical exploration of magic and interviews with leading magicians, The Book of English Magic will introduce you to the extraordinary world that lies just beneath the surface of our everyday life.
UK link: The Book of English Magic