By Philip Carr-Gomm
Magic runs throughout the veins of English historical past, a part of everyday life from the earliest Arthurian legends to Aleister Crowley to the novels of Tolkien and Philip Pullman, and from the Druids to Freemasonry and past. Richly illustrated and deeply an expert, this booklet is a useful resource for a person excited by magic and wizardry, or for stylish practitioners desirous to research more.
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