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Book Title: The History of Witchcraft and Demonology|
The author of the book: Montague Summers
ISBN 13: 9781555218065
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 455 KB
Edition: Castle Books,US
Date of issue: October 1st 1999
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A lot of people hate Montague Summers, but I have a big, warm, soft spot in my heart for the man. He was clearly either so convinced of his position that he could not imagine any other, or else so unconvinced of his own position that he was trying harder to convince himself of it than his readers. I find Summers to be fascinating not so much for his information (spurious, at the best of times), but for what seems to be his own passion and the fervor with which he writers. His views on witchcraft could just as easily have come from the pen of a cloistered monk in medieval Germany, with the caveat that most medieval people were considerably more aware of what "witches" actually were and wrote against them for openly polemical reasons more than attempting to produce a real, historically useful record. In sum, Montague Summers is extremely interesting from the perspective of occult history, but not for his factual accuracy as much as his fervent stance against what he saw as a dangerous rise of witchcraft in his own lifetime and society. There's also the sheer entertainment of it.
Read information about the authorAugustus Montague Summers (10 April 1880 – 10 August 1948) was an eccentric English author and clergyman. He is known primarily for his scholarly work on the English drama of the 17th century, as well as for his idiosyncratic studies on witches, vampires, and werewolves, in all of which he professed to believe. He was responsible for the first English translation, published in 1928, of the notorious 15th-century witch hunter's manual, the Malleus Maleficarum.
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