The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet (Sloane MS 3851) publishes a seventeenth-century London cunning man's personal work bookfor the first time, and it makes fascinating reading. It contains charms, conjurations and prayers as well as material from well-known grimoires, namely the Heptameron, the Artabel and Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft. As well, Gauntlet's book includes selections from writings of Cornelius Agrippa and William Bacon. Editor David Rankine gives an excellent overview of the period, and provides fresh insights into their world: a network of astrologers, playwrights, magicians, authors and the church. He also draws attention to women in early modern magic, both as practitioners and skryers, as cunning-women and customers. This is an excellent work of great value to scholars and occult practitioners alike.
London: Avalonia Books, 2011. Paperback, 333 pages. New.