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Magic Del Rio,
This review is from: Martin Del Rio: Investigations into Magic (Social & Cultural Values in Early Modern Europe) (Hardcover)
In this remarkable book, translated into english for the very first time by P.G Maxwell-Stuart, we're given a window into the world and the mind of the greatest demonologist of the early modern period. As an investigation into the paranormal the book is a tour-de-force, as a translated and edited historical artifact it is a masterpiece, as one genius - Maxwell-Stuart - brings us the work of another. Del Rio is ahead of his time, comfortable with the fact of his ignorance of many of the laws of the universe, not content to merely subscribe to the superstition and intellectual blindness of so many of his contemporaries. What he does not understand or cannot explain, he is never simply content to dismiss as being forever unexplainable.
This book is remarkable, and deserves to sit in the collection of any serious student of the history of the paranormal - whereas the types who like to run around with night vision cameras screaming at creaking floorboards need not bother as it will simply be beyond them. If "Malleus Maleficarum" - also masterfully translated and edited by Maxwell-Stuart - can be compared to Del Rio's "Investigations...", then the former is an average A-level essay and the latter is an epoch making PhD thesis. A brilliant thinker and incredibly well-read scholar, Del Rio continues to reach across time itself and guide us through his work - he is an entertaining, thought-provoking companion on the journey.
If you have a serious intellectual interest in the social history of the supernatural, you MUST own this book. Don't be put off by the price tag - even if it were £100+ it would be tremendous value for money. This book is a masterpiece and is the benchmark in its field by a distance measured not in miles but in light years. It's THAT good.