Christopher A. Smith

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Location: England
Birthday: 17 Oct

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Magic in the Middle Ages (Canto) by Richard Kieckhefer
Magic in the Middle Ages (Canto) by Richard Kieckhefer
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good introduction, 11 July 2014
A very good introduction to the subject of mediaeval magic. Kieckhefer writes in a style that it a pleasure to read. Without superficiality or sensationalism, he covers the main facts of a very long period (approximately 1,000 years) and, perhaps more importantly, raises the necessary questions.
═slenzkar Ůjˇ­s÷gur Og Ăfintřri by Jˇn ┴rnason
I received my copy of this book today, and I must say that it is a pretty good graphic reproduction of this 1864 publication. All the Icelandic typeset is correctly reproduced and very legible. However, the book description is misleading. What you get is only the second volume (anna­ bindi) of this famous work. This was very disappointing for me, as the theme that I wished to explore (magic and magicians) is contained in the first volume. I will keep this second volume, as it still represents good value for money, but I can only give it three stars due to the erroneous description.
Viking Language 1 Learn Old Norse, Runes, and Icel&hellip by Jesse L. Byock
I bought this book only a couple of weeks ago and I am now well through lesson 4 (out of 15). The structure of the book makes it really easy to learn Old Norse. Relevant vocabulary and grammar are introduced with each lesson and learning is reinforced with exercises. Passages in English give details of the relevant historical background to each of the reading passages. Without indulging in levity, it is a refreshing change from the dry old books of grammar that preceded it. I can thoroughly recommend it!