Episode 156 Daniel Harms The Book of Oberon : A Sourcebook of Elizabethan Magic
In this week show Daniel Harms rejoins us to talk about The Book Of Oberon. A meticulous transcription and translation of a sixteenth-century manuscript acquired by the esteemed Folger Shakespeare Library. Unlike the more theoretical magic books of the era, this collection of spells, secrets, and summonings was compiled gradually by unknown authors for working practical magic. The Book of Oberon includes rituals for summoning a long list of spirits and faeries (including Oberion, Fairy King and close relation to Shakespeare’s Oberon); original drawings; common prescriptions used by cunning folk; instructions for dealing with Goetic demons that were censored in other texts; one of the oldest known copies of the magical manual The Enchiridion; and much more.
Daniel Harms (New York) holds master’s degrees in anthropology and library and information science. He has been published in the Journal for the Academic Study of Magic and the Journal of Scholarly Publishing, and has authored books on horror fiction and folklore.
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“It’s a surprisingly stuffed text with a tremendous amount of folkloric value, and if you have interest in American folk magic at all I highly recommend it.”—New World Witchery
“It’s an attractive edition, and the pragmatic nature of the contents might be an eye-opener for anyone whose ideas of historical magic have been influenced by the wizards and necromancers of popular fiction.”—Suvudu.com
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