This is a comprehensive examination of talismans and amulets of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

It reviews the many kinds of amulets and talismans, and details the principles and symbolism behind each. The author helpfully explains the methods used in making amulets and talismans: the chains of sympathy, astrology and invocations. Even better, the book is illustrated throughout with period art, covering the medieval and Renaissance use of amulets and talismans (esp. Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Athanasius Kircher). There is a full summary of the magical knowledge required to make an amulet or talisman. Originally published in French in 2005. Translated by Jon E. Graham.

Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 2014. Hardback, 264 pages. New.

High Magic of Talismans & Amulets - Claude LeCouteux