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The Way of Wyrd [Paperback]

Brian Bates
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4 Feb 2013

The compelling cult classic, now reissued in a brand new edition with a new introduction by Brian Bates. This bestselling fictionalized account of an Anglo-Saxon sorcerer and mystic is based on years of research by psychologist and university professor Brian Bates.

Sent on a mission deep into the forests of pagan Anglo-Saxon England, Wat Brand, a Christian scribe, suddenly finds his vision of the world turned upside down. The familiar English countryside is not what it seems; threatening spirits, birds of omen and plants of power lurk in this landscape of unseen terrors and mysterious forces. With Wulf, a sorcerer and mystic, as his guide, Wat is instructed in the magical lore of plants, runes, fate and life force until finally he journeys to the spirit world on a quest to encounter the true nature of his own soul.

An authentic and deeply compelling insight into the spiritual world of the Anglo-Saxons, it has inspired thousands of people to learn more about the ancient northern tradition. A spiritual classic!

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (4 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781800170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781800171
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,242 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)

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.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating and Thought Provoking 29 Dec 2004
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale 12 April 2010
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wizard Read,Genosse and Geneata. 2 July 2010
This book is a good and engrossing twilighty kind of tale full of the natural wonders and awe of emptyish early Aengleland set before the onset of rabbinical Judao-Christianity and the aftermaths of the classist Clearances and of unimaginable industrialisation and also,incidentally,before the clearance,that is,the sad extermination of all the totem wild animals of the hunting kinds that characterise most pagan myths,such as golden eagles bears,wolves,snakes et caetera-This book does not pit the new alien,import belief against the continental religion of our Teutonic heathen ancestors,God bless them,and that is good because it is an entertainment rather than a polemic and Bates builds excellent adventure into his tale - Comparisons are odious,perhaps,but generically inevitable so it's the usual Castaneda and Tolkien but also Machen and other mystical pagan/nature writers such as Graves or Cowper Powys or Webb-If you like the genre you will like this but it is also a good description of spiritual and philosophical experience and worthy for that reason also if that's your bent;A great addition to the mystical Pagan genre-And it's naturally weird-What else?...I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 1 Dec 2004
By padster
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 2 July 2009
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a little gem 3 Jan 2008
By b.lops
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books. a review by goodreads (quick synopsis)
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Published 2 months ago by refugeewurzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this
This is a fabulous book and one I would recommened to anyone who has an interest in historical British shamanism. I throughly enjoyed it!
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I came across this book by way of a metal album based on it called `Dreamweaver' by Sabbat when I was a teenager. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutly love this book
This is my second copy. I had one about 8 years ago, but used it as part of the coursework for my English degree, and it ended up with notes scribbled all over it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs S Kirwan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Already knew the book, but was waiting for a Portuguese translated edition, but still doesn't exist. It's a great book and should have a portuguese edition. Read more
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