Eros and Magic in the Renaissance

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Eros and Magic in the Renaissance by Ioan P Couliano, translated by Margaret Cook, with a foreword by Mircea Eliade, from University of Chicago Press.

Ioan P Couliano Margaret Cook Mircea Eliade Eros and Magic in the Renaissance

In this invaluable treatment of its topic, Couliano exposes some of the principal rationales underlying magic in early modernity, and explains how those now-antedated forms of sorcery became incomprehensible to moderns. Read alongside D.P. Walker’s Spiritual and Demonic Magic, this book does more to illuminate traditional Western occult science than 99 percent of the historical works on the topic that have appeared since it was first published in the 1980s. [via]