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Medieval books on demons and demonology

Discussion in 'Research' started by Aldarion, Dec 26, 2019.

  1. Aldarion

    Aldarion Sage

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    I know about Ars Goetia (The Lesser Key of Solomon), but are there any others, translated to English? I would be especially interested in something of Byzantine origin, if it exists at all.
     
  2. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Demons in the MA are Biblical, so you'd look more at theological works. For the West, you might look for Witchcraft in the Middle Ages by Jeffrey Burton Russell. There's quite an extensive bibliography, including a section on 15thc theorists. For Byzantium, I got nuthin'.
     
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  3. Black Cat

    Black Cat Acolyte

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    Not sure about the Byzantine part, but the Greek Magical Papyri (translated by Betz) would have something in a similar "flavor," though there aren't appearances by "demons" as we would call them today. Hecate (rendered as Hekate) makes an appearance, as does Typhon, Hermes in his chthonic aspect, etc.

    Other well-known MA grimoires with demons as-such include the Book of Abramelin the Mage, the Grimorium Verum ("True Grimoire"), and the Dictionnaire Infernal - plenty of material there!
     
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