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Occult London [Hardcover]

Merlin Coverley
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25 April 2008
London, more than any other city, has a secret history concealed from view. Behind the official façade promoted by the heritage industry, lies a city of esoteric traditions and obscure institutions, of lost knowledge and hidden locations. Occult London rediscovers this hidden history, unearthing the secret city and its forgotten inhabitants.

Encompassing a historical panorama from the Elizabethan age to the present day, we are introduced to the magic of Dr Dee and Simon Forman, the rise of the Kabbalah and the occult designs of Wren and Hawksmoor. Elsewhere we meet figures such as Spring-Heeled Jack and the Highgate Vampyre, and occult organizations from the Invisible College to the Golden Dawn.

Today a concern for such hidden traditions has returned and Merlin Coverley explores this revival of interest in the occult tradition, one that accords well with emerging New Age philosophies, the interest in London's Ley Lines, in alternative histories and psychogeography.

Also included is an Occult Gazetteer: An A-Z of London's most resonant Occult Locations, from Abney Park cemetery to Wellclose Square, with a series of short descriptive entries including postcode, nearest tube, and map.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Essentials (25 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904048889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904048886
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Occult London 7 Feb 2009
A good general overall view of occult London.The author obviously likes William Blake and goes into detail about Blakes London which is very intresting,only a small bit on Aleister Crowley and A.O.S but this is a pocket essials book and not a large book.There are things in this book you will not know!So have a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different side of London 26 Nov 2010
This is a fascinating jaunt through the specific occult history of London, using famous or notorious figures like John Dee, Madame Blavatsky and Nicholas Hawksmoor to explain the little peculiarities that make London such an interesting place to live. There's enough social history to ground the work, and an interesting appendix detailing notable areas, such as Barnes Common (setting for the first sighting of Spring-Heeled Jack) or Highgate Cemetery (home to the Highgate Vampire in the 1970s). The book is written in a straightforward style, making it an easy and interesting read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 2 July 2011
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I had wanted some specific information for a future trip to London. Instead this is a cursory and sketchy outline of sone famous occult personages and happenings. Sketchy because for example, Dion Fortune is not even mentioned. while Crowley's life and some of his achievements are described, some information is wrong and misleading. Clearly the author did not spend much time on research, as his mistakes are easily checked online. I would have liked much more detail as to the neighborhoods mentioned, and what places if any are still in existence.
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