resievw frank klaassen, ed. Making Magic in Elizabethan England: Two Early Modern Vernacular Books of Magic. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019. Pp. xi + 147. Modern practitioners of magic who are interested in older sources can turn to a range of editions by occult presses that cater to their needs. Scholars and students of magic studies, on the other hand, are less well served by these same publications; with some positive exceptions, that is, such as the work of Joseph Peterson. Yet since Peterson cannot be expected to edit all surviving medieval and early modern source texts, it is fortunate that one of the leading scholars in the ﬁeld of early modern ritual magic, Frank Klaassen, has now turned his attention from merely studying to also editing books of magic from early modern England, starting with the publication of two concise manuals in an effort to expand “our understanding of sixteenth- centur y magic” (2). Having studied Making Magic in Elizabethan England in detail alongside facsimiles of the two books of magic in question, it is my ﬁrm conviction that Klaassen has succeeded in this aim. Making Magic has a general introduction followed by separate introductions to,
Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft – University of Pennsylvania Press
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