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The Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer Hardcover – 1 Jan 1983

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1st BCA Edition edition (1 Jan. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062500406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062500403
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 742,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Bates tells the original story of a devout Catholic priest becoming friends with a Shamanic elder and creates a modern masterpiece of tolerance and coexistence. By looking into the past he has planted a seed for a better world in the present and beyond. If you can develop your awareness of the nature that surrounds you and are open and unafraid to listen to your dreams, you may find that the magic described in this book works like yeast to the imagination and can be utilized in any art form. (Nicolas Cage)

'Reads like a fusion of Carlos Castaneda ... and Tolkien.' (Time Out)

'Brilliant, vivid, entertaining ... it deserves a place on our bookshelves along with Carlos Castaneda.' R. D. Laing

An essential aid. In our overly Keltically obsessed British mind set, this magnificent book completely restores the unfairly neglected Scandinavian and Germanic side of our psyche. (Julian Cope)

As a way of psychological and spiritual exploration, The Way of Wyrd offers not just uncanny similarities with some of our present thinking but notions which we seem only now to be rediscovering (The Guardian) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Brian Bates is the author of The Real Middle Earth and co-author of two books with John Cleese. He lectures worldwide and is currently Professor of Shamanic Consciousness at Brighton University and the Anglo-Saxon representative of The Indigenous World Network. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this book and I gobbled it up in less than two days (which is fast for me!). 'The Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer' is a fictional account surrounding a primary source Anglo-Saxon 'spell book' kept in the British Library. The story woven around this document gives one a peek into the spiritual life of the Anglo-Saxons. Brian Bates explains all this in the introduction to the book and makes what he writes come even more to life as a result!

The book is fiction based on thorough historical research. The main character is a Christian scribe (Wat Brand) who is sent deep into Anglo-Saxon England to record the practices of the pagans, in an attempt to later convert them. Brand is a funny lead character and it was highly enjoyable to see his reaction to the strange and often (to him) abhorrent pagan customs; customs demonstrated by his guide. An eccentric and theatrical sorcerer called 'Wulf'. Wulf is absolutely hilarious and very much the star of the book! He possesses an exuberant sense of humour and it tickled me that he so easily referred to his gods as 'fools' and 'spoilt children'. The story itself is about Brand coming to accept these pagan practices and seeing the inherent beauty and truth within them. This was extremely well done in my opinion. As a newcomer to reading about Anglo-Saxon paganism myself, I was learning right along with Brand. During my reading I found myself increasingly fascinated with this culture.

The Way of Wyrd also contains a lengthy bibliography to devour ones way through. The book has a lovely way about it. It seems to have been a labour of love for the author and I fully agree with him that we English have a very rich cultural heritage just waiting to be discovered!
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I'm so glad this book is readily available again. I read it first about 14 years ago and have never forgotten it (have read it again in recent years). The book creates an England from History which many would believe to be pure fantasy but (as author Brian Bates argues) has grounding in historical fact. Themes such as magic, sorcery, faith, religion and the nature of the soul are dealt with in a compelling, scary and exciting novel. Christian belief is subtly challenged against the 'old religions' of anglo saxon England as Christian missionary Wat Brand is taken on a tour of the Pagan world by Sorceror Wulf. A great read for anyone interested in our connection with the earth, magic, history, folklore and spirituality.
(Obscure Fact!-Thrash/Heavy Metal fans who like the book may want to seek out the album 'Dreamweaver' by British Thrashers 'Sabbat'. This is a concept album based on the book. Hardly easy listening but interesting lyrically)
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A gripping an illuminating tale from start to finish. I'm not a 'natural' reader - I generally take ages to finish a book (in fact I have a number of unfinished books lying around at any one time) as my concentration is poor. So, unless a book is totally enthralling, it gets read in fragments. This book however, was gripping from start to finish. The fact that it is, to a degree, based on fact only serves to enhance the experience. I really enjoyed the way it was written and the pictures it painted in my mind. Overall, a highly recommended and enjoyable read.
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I was given this book to read by a school teacher as part of our early mediaeval studies, started reading somewhat reluctantly, and found I loved it! It has stayed in my mind for the last couple of decades, and I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on a new copy. Thoroughly recommended.
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I read this book after some celebrity (can't remember who) said it was their favourite book and I was looking for something to read on holiday. I don't think I would have otherwise. Glad I did though, it a lovely, spiritual story, thought provoking but simple too. Quick and easy to read. If you liked 'the Alchemist' I think you'll like this.
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I recently purchased, downloaded and read this book on my Kindle. I was a little apprehensive about reading it as I am a Christian and I could see that this book was going to clash with my own personal beliefs seeing as it is about Paganism and sorcery. Saying that though, some of my Christian friends are dismayed that I read (and enjoyed) the Harry Potter books. :-)

The Way of Wyrd (pronounced "Wierd", not "Word" as I tended to say it >_< )is set in, or around, the year 674, where a young novice monk is sent by his monastery to investigate a pagan area of the country and report back in order to allow a mission to be made in which to convert the pagans to Christianity. The novice monk meets a sorcerer who teaches him about the Wyrd, a pagan "religion". The book, though fictional, is based on real life back then and is very interesting.

The story is a gripping read and one I thoroughly enjoyed even though it went against my own personal beliefs. I am glad I didn't just blindly refuse to read such literature, and considered it an enriching experience. I thought the book was marvellously well written and really did have me hooked until the last page. I would have no proplem in recommending this to my Christian friends.

Finally, a word on the presentation on the Kindle; As many Kindle owners have experienced, myself included, many publishers it seems just convert a book (very poorly in my opinion) to Kindle format without even bothering to proof-read it prior to releasing it. I am please to say, however, that this is not the case for this e-Book. Vary well formatted, no obvious typos and vary easy to read.
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