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ContentsList of Tables Acknowledgments IntroductionA Prehistory of the Latin PicatrixA Brief History of the Latin TextOn Knowledge, Wisdom, and Self-Legitimacy in the Picatrix On Nigromancia Th e Cosmology of the Picatrix Th e Picatrix, Social History, and Material Culture Psychoactive and/or Poisonous Substances in the PicatrixTranslators' NotesPicatrixPrologueBook 1 Book 2 Book 3 Book 4 Notes Bibliography Index of Terrestrial NamesIndex of Celestial Names and Magical WordsIndex of Subjects and Materials

About the Author

Dan Attrell is a doctoral candidate in Medieval and Renaissance History studying the Western esoteric tradition at the University of Waterloo.David Porreca is Associate Professor of Classical Studies and codirector of the Medieval Studies program at the University of Waterloo and is president of the Societas Magica.

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"The Picatrix, of Arabic origin, is the most complete handbook of the theory and practice of magic of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Here is a very welcome English translation of the Latin version that was read by Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, and Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa. Porreca and Attrell have made the text a pleasure to read and have provided useful notes to explain everything that is obscure or exotic."--Charles Burnett, Professor of Arabic/Islamic Influences in Europe, Warburg Institute


"A detailed medieval handbook of magic, Picatrix has been a focus of scholarly attention for a century, even though its early history remained obscure and it lacked a reliable English translation. Attrell and Porreca's contribution offers a proper remedy: the introduction gives new insight into the origins of this mysterious book, and the translation reflects the true nature of its exciting text. A word of caution, though: don't try the recipes!"--Benedek L ng, author of Unlocked Books: Manuscripts of Learned Magic in the Medieval Libraries of Central Europe


"The Picatrix reemerged in the mid-fifteenth century, almost two centuries after the Latin version of the Gh yat al-Hak m had been produced. Thank goodness that this learned and living English translation of such an important Latin book of astral magic will reach its twenty-first-century audience of scholars and inquisitive spirits much more quickly!"--Nicolas Weill-Parot, cole Pratique des Hautes tudes

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