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The History of Witchcraft and Demonology By Montague Summers,

  • Title: The History of Witchcraft and Demonology
  • Author: Montague Summers
  • ISBN: 9781555218065
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The definitive scholarly account on witchcraft, demonology, diabolic possession and modern spiritualism.
    The History of Witchcraft and Demonology The definitive scholarly account on witchcraft demonology diabolic possession and modern spiritualism

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    1. 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 cou [...]

    2. More pseudo academic religious quibble from Montague This man writes about the supposedly lewd practices of the devil worshiping diabolical witch as though he wishes he could have been there He tends to wander a bit in his writing One begins to wonder exactly what his point could be, other than I wish I could attend a Black Mass I rate it high simply by merit of its entertainment value Having read his entry on werewolves before picking up any of his other works I find it impossible to take anyth [...]

    3. More pseudo academic religious quibble from Montague This man writes about the supposedly lewd practices of the devil worshiping diabolical witch as though he wishes he could have been there He tends to wander a bit in his writing One begins to wonder exactly what his point could be, other than I wish I could attend a Black Mass I rate it high simply by merit of its entertainment value Having read his entry on werewolves before picking up any of his other works I find it impossible to take anyth [...]

    4. I had the oppurtunity to read this book at my community college It was an original first printing was behind a glass doorI needed to ask for a key In short, I detest this man but found this book very interesting because of how extreme his views were and how far this man was willing to go in the name of the church When you read this book, you have to remind yourself that its content was written with the intention of teaching the reader how to detect prosecute a witchHe is very serious about what [...]

    5. This book is most definately not for everyone And if you don t know what you re getting into you will most likely hate it It is not a history of esoteric occult practices, or of hermeticism, paganism, witchcraft in the modern sense, folk magic, or even Christian theological mysticism This book IS an astounding scholarly history of Christian heresy, with the strongest leaning being towards the witch trials of the 16th to the 18th centuries I began this book with an extremely sceptical view of Mon [...]

    6. Are you suffering from insomnia Has excessive exercise of logic, based on facts, made you irritable, and made everybody else look like simpletons Is the most mind boggling summer read failing to ensnare you in the trap of narrative offered by the unreliable narrator In short, are you feeling bored, but failing to simply doze off Look no further.This book, that pretends to be one of the most erudite one on the subject, but which structures itself around thoughts that might make the village idiot [...]

    7. An historical curio which buys into a lot of the Christian fiction surrounding witchcraft and demonology likely the same hysteria which prompted Anton LaVey to later say The Devil is the best friend the Church has ever had, as it has kept it in business all these years.

    8. I read this book as part of my research for a fictional book I m working on I was hoping to gain some insight into Witchcraft While I did learn a few interesting facts from this book, for the most part, it was a little boring.

    9. Last year, I found this book on my bookshelf and began reading it as background research for the third novel in the Baglady Series BAGLADY AT LARGE In that context, I intended merely to employ the witchcraft theme in a light and humorous vein However, the premise of the History of Witchcraft, was unexpected and thought provoking Montague Summers, a pious English clergyman and accomplished writer, truly believed in the existence of witchcraft and refuted the notion that it was nothing than folkl [...]

    10. Montague Summers seems entirely convinced that witchcraft happened, but he overlooks the fact that these demonic activities and black magic rituals were largely conceived out of irrational fear I don t agree with his views on witchcraft at all I ve always been favourable to magical practice and sorceresses , but I am always amazed with his impressive bibliography and findings I enjoyed the bits about Pythagorean treatment of demons and his inclusion of the rite of exorcism, as well as the roost [...]

    11. Written in a terribly distracting, archaic academic style The one saving grace ha was the author s a Catholic priest seeming literal belief in The Devil, devil worship, and so on which was disturbing, sad and comical It read like something from the medieval era, although the 20 s Catholic Church probably wasn t very far removed from that, anyway An interesting point in that regard was the author s blatant anti Semitism, in which he connected devil worship with Jews.

    12. My copy is titled just The history of witchcraft Summers is of the holy Roman church and defends the church sponsored mass murders of the 16th,17th and 18th centuries.All classes were concerned, he writes, from Pope to peasant, from Queen to cottage gill Yes, Montague, but what class was put in the flames and by whom

    13. Montague Summers is almost hilariously credulous, but this does not stop it from being an entertaining or educational, as long as taken with many grains of salt.

    14. The author s contribution to the subject earns him a five by providing rich content and perspective, but the abhorrence of his perspective takes his rating down a notch.

    15. This is one of three books this year that I ve given up on I d bought it a few years ago and I think I knew it was going to be full of crazy but decided I should read some nice spooky books before Halloween Unfortunately this was not it I think Summers may be the most gulliable human ever He took every report of witchcraft and every confession made under torture at face value as something that actually happened Even when he quoted Reginald Scott who in the 16th century DIDN T believe in witchcra [...]

    16. Although this book was very informative it was very repetitive The book was strictly from the church standpoint, It does not include any sources that are not either partially or directly related to the Church From the Church of the time it seems that historically the church condemns all peoples pf different views who are made to be called witches Although this was rather disappointing to read the book is completely correct in that sense of how the church acted making it a valuable resource But i [...]

    17. longest book ever the content while informative is excessive if you want to read a textbook or if you need teaching material that will bore your audience to tears this may be the book for you Thank goodness it was free on my nook and in the discount bin at Barnes and Noble or I would a bit angry

    18. I knew this would be a lot of twaffle Better to read Alan Macfarlane s Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England.

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