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Wizards: A History (Dark Histories) by P. G.…

Wizards: A History (Dark Histories)

by P. G. Maxwell-Stuart

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There's some useful information, moreso about the distant(ish) past than times nearer to our own.

Very much a broad brush approach, as it would have to be in a book of this length (222 pages) that purports to deal with ritual magic from "ancint times to the present" (back of book blurb).

As a beginning history of ritual magic, one could do worse. One might well do better but I'm not sure what book would fill that niche – because this is at least specific. Nothing to say against it, merely that it is broad brush.
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From Simon Magus to Merlin, Faust to Cornelius Agrippa, the Comte de Saint Germain to Aleister Crowley, the magician has been both fêted and feared. An awesome figure in real life and in literature, he has retained his hold on the Western imagination in the teeth of scientific advance. P.G. Maxwell–Stuart’s history of the wizard from ancient times to the present shows just how extraordinary a character the wizard has proved to be—not merely a conjuring trickster or malicious egotist in league with Satan (though there have been plenty of both), but also a deeply religious person intent on using magic the better to understand the mind of God.

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