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Lives of the Necromancers

By William Godwin
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  • LIVES OF THE NECROMANCERS:
    • LONDON
  • PREFACE.
    • CONTENTS
      • INTRODUCTION
    • INTRODUCTION
    • LIVES OF THE NECROMANCERS
    • AMBITIOUS NATURE OF MAN
      • HIS DESIRE TO PENETRATE INTO FUTURITY.
        • DIVINATION.
        • AUGURY.
        • CHIROMANCY.
        • PHYSIOGNOMY.
        • INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS.
        • CASTING OF LOTS.
        • ASTROLOGY.
        • ORACLES.
        • DELPHI.
        • THE DESIRE TO COMMAND AND CONTROL FUTURE EVENTS.
        • COMMERCE WITH THE INVISIBLE WORLD.
        • SORCERY AND ENCHANTMENT.
        • WITCHCRAFT.
        • COMPACTS WITH THE DEVIL.
        • IMPS.
        • TALISMANS AND AMULETS.
        • NECROMANCY.
        • ALCHEMY.
        • FAIRIES.
        • ROSICRUCIANS.
        • SYLPHS AND GNOMES, SALAMANDERS AND UNDINES.
      • DIVINATION.
      • AUGURY.
      • CHIROMANCY.
      • PHYSIOGNOMY.
      • INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS.
      • CASTING OF LOTS.
      • ASTROLOGY.
      • ORACLES.
      • DELPHI.
      • THE DESIRE TO COMMAND AND CONTROL FUTURE EVENTS.
      • COMMERCE WITH THE INVISIBLE WORLD.
      • SORCERY AND ENCHANTMENT.
      • WITCHCRAFT.
      • COMPACTS WITH THE DEVIL.
      • IMPS.
      • TALISMANS AND AMULETS.
      • NECROMANCY.
      • ALCHEMY.
      • FAIRIES.
      • ROSICRUCIANS.
      • SYLPHS AND GNOMES, SALAMANDERS AND UNDINES.
    • HIS DESIRE TO PENETRATE INTO FUTURITY.
      • DIVINATION.
      • AUGURY.
      • CHIROMANCY.
      • PHYSIOGNOMY.
      • INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS.
      • CASTING OF LOTS.
      • ASTROLOGY.
      • ORACLES.
      • DELPHI.
      • THE DESIRE TO COMMAND AND CONTROL FUTURE EVENTS.
      • COMMERCE WITH THE INVISIBLE WORLD.
      • SORCERY AND ENCHANTMENT.
      • WITCHCRAFT.
      • COMPACTS WITH THE DEVIL.
      • IMPS.
      • TALISMANS AND AMULETS.
      • NECROMANCY.
      • ALCHEMY.
      • FAIRIES.
      • ROSICRUCIANS.
      • SYLPHS AND GNOMES, SALAMANDERS AND UNDINES.
    • DIVINATION.
    • AUGURY.
    • CHIROMANCY.
    • PHYSIOGNOMY.
    • INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS.
    • CASTING OF LOTS.
    • ASTROLOGY.
    • ORACLES.
    • DELPHI.
    • THE DESIRE TO COMMAND AND CONTROL FUTURE EVENTS.
    • COMMERCE WITH THE INVISIBLE WORLD.
    • SORCERY AND ENCHANTMENT.
    • WITCHCRAFT.
    • COMPACTS WITH THE DEVIL.
    • IMPS.
    • TALISMANS AND AMULETS.
    • NECROMANCY.
    • ALCHEMY.
    • FAIRIES.
    • ROSICRUCIANS.
    • SYLPHS AND GNOMES, SALAMANDERS AND UNDINES.
    • EXAMPLES OF NECROMANCY AND WITCHCRAFT FROM THE BIBLE.
      • THE MAGI, OR WISE MEN OF THE EAST.
        • EGYPT.
        • STATUE OF MEMNON.
        • TEMPLE OF JUPITER AMMON: ITS ORACLES.
        • CHALDEA AND BABYLON.
        • ZOROASTER.
      • EGYPT.
      • STATUE OF MEMNON.
      • TEMPLE OF JUPITER AMMON: ITS ORACLES.
      • CHALDEA AND BABYLON.
      • ZOROASTER.
    • THE MAGI, OR WISE MEN OF THE EAST.
      • EGYPT.
      • STATUE OF MEMNON.
      • TEMPLE OF JUPITER AMMON: ITS ORACLES.
      • CHALDEA AND BABYLON.
      • ZOROASTER.
    • EGYPT.
    • STATUE OF MEMNON.
    • TEMPLE OF JUPITER AMMON: ITS ORACLES.
    • CHALDEA AND BABYLON.
    • ZOROASTER.
    • GREECE.
      • DEITIES OF GREECE.
        • DEMIGODS.
        • DAEDALUS.
        • THE ARGONAUTS.
        • MEDEA.
        • CIRCE.
        • ORPHEUS.
        • AMPHION.
        • TIRESIAS.
        • ABARIS.
        • PYTHAGORAS.
        • EPIMENIDES.
        • EMPEDOCLES.
        • ARISTEAS.
        • HERMOTIMUS.
        • THE MOTHER OF DEMARATUS, KING OF SPARTA.
        • ORACLES.
        • INVASION OF XERXES INTO GREECE.
        • DEMOCRITUS.
        • SOCRATES.
      • DEMIGODS.
      • DAEDALUS.
      • THE ARGONAUTS.
      • MEDEA.
      • CIRCE.
      • ORPHEUS.
      • AMPHION.
      • TIRESIAS.
      • ABARIS.
      • PYTHAGORAS.
      • EPIMENIDES.
      • EMPEDOCLES.
      • ARISTEAS.
      • HERMOTIMUS.
      • THE MOTHER OF DEMARATUS, KING OF SPARTA.
      • ORACLES.
      • INVASION OF XERXES INTO GREECE.
      • DEMOCRITUS.
      • SOCRATES.
    • DEITIES OF GREECE.
      • DEMIGODS.
      • DAEDALUS.
      • THE ARGONAUTS.
      • MEDEA.
      • CIRCE.
      • ORPHEUS.
      • AMPHION.
      • TIRESIAS.
      • ABARIS.
      • PYTHAGORAS.
      • EPIMENIDES.
      • EMPEDOCLES.
      • ARISTEAS.
      • HERMOTIMUS.
      • THE MOTHER OF DEMARATUS, KING OF SPARTA.
      • ORACLES.
      • INVASION OF XERXES INTO GREECE.
      • DEMOCRITUS.
      • SOCRATES.
    • DEMIGODS.
    • DAEDALUS.
    • THE ARGONAUTS.
    • MEDEA.
    • CIRCE.
    • ORPHEUS.
    • AMPHION.
    • TIRESIAS.
    • ABARIS.
    • PYTHAGORAS.
    • EPIMENIDES.
    • EMPEDOCLES.
    • ARISTEAS.
    • HERMOTIMUS.
    • THE MOTHER OF DEMARATUS, KING OF SPARTA.
    • ORACLES.
    • INVASION OF XERXES INTO GREECE.
    • DEMOCRITUS.
    • SOCRATES.
    • ROME.
      • VIRGIL.
        • POLYDORUS.
        • DIDO.
        • ROMULUS.
        • NUMA.
        • TULLUS HOSTILIUS.
        • ACCIUS NAVIUS.
        • SERVIUS TULLIUS.
        • THE SORCERESS OF VIRGIL.
        • CANIDIA.
        • ERICHTHO.
        • SERTORIUS.
        • CASTING OUT DEVILS.
        • SIMON MAGUS.
        • ELYMAS, THE SORCERER.
        • NERO.
        • VESPASIAN.
        • APOLLONIUS OF TYANA.
        • APULEIUS.
        • ALEXANDER THE PAPHLAGONIAN.
      • POLYDORUS.
      • DIDO.
      • ROMULUS.
      • NUMA.
      • TULLUS HOSTILIUS.
      • ACCIUS NAVIUS.
      • SERVIUS TULLIUS.
      • THE SORCERESS OF VIRGIL.
      • CANIDIA.
      • ERICHTHO.
      • SERTORIUS.
      • CASTING OUT DEVILS.
      • SIMON MAGUS.
      • ELYMAS, THE SORCERER.
      • NERO.
      • VESPASIAN.
      • APOLLONIUS OF TYANA.
      • APULEIUS.
      • ALEXANDER THE PAPHLAGONIAN.
    • VIRGIL.
      • POLYDORUS.
      • DIDO.
      • ROMULUS.
      • NUMA.
      • TULLUS HOSTILIUS.
      • ACCIUS NAVIUS.
      • SERVIUS TULLIUS.
      • THE SORCERESS OF VIRGIL.
      • CANIDIA.
      • ERICHTHO.
      • SERTORIUS.
      • CASTING OUT DEVILS.
      • SIMON MAGUS.
      • ELYMAS, THE SORCERER.
      • NERO.
      • VESPASIAN.
      • APOLLONIUS OF TYANA.
      • APULEIUS.
      • ALEXANDER THE PAPHLAGONIAN.
    • POLYDORUS.
    • DIDO.
    • ROMULUS.
    • NUMA.
    • TULLUS HOSTILIUS.
    • ACCIUS NAVIUS.
    • SERVIUS TULLIUS.
    • THE SORCERESS OF VIRGIL.
    • CANIDIA.
    • ERICHTHO.
    • SERTORIUS.
    • CASTING OUT DEVILS.
    • SIMON MAGUS.
    • ELYMAS, THE SORCERER.
    • NERO.
    • VESPASIAN.
    • APOLLONIUS OF TYANA.
    • APULEIUS.
    • ALEXANDER THE PAPHLAGONIAN.
    • REVOLUTION PRODUCED IN THE HISTORY OF NECROMANCY AND WITCHCRAFT UPON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHRISTIANITY.
      • MAGICAL CONSULTATIONS RESPECTING THE LIFE OF THE EMPEROR.
    • MAGICAL CONSULTATIONS RESPECTING THE LIFE OF THE EMPEROR.
    • HISTORY OF NECROMANCY IN THE EAST.
      • GENERAL SILENCE OF THE EAST RESPECTING INDIVIDUAL NECROMANCERS.
        • ROCAIL.
        • HAKEM, OTHERWISE MOCANNA.
        • ARABIAN NIGHTS' ENTERTAINMENTS.
        • PERSIAN TALES.
        • STORY OF A GOULE.
        • ARABIAN NIGHTS.
        • RESEMBLANCE OF THE TALES OF THE EAST AND OF EUROPE.
        • CAUSES OF HUMAN CREDULITY.
      • ROCAIL.
      • HAKEM, OTHERWISE MOCANNA.
      • ARABIAN NIGHTS' ENTERTAINMENTS.
      • PERSIAN TALES.
      • STORY OF A GOULE.
      • ARABIAN NIGHTS.
      • RESEMBLANCE OF THE TALES OF THE EAST AND OF EUROPE.
      • CAUSES OF HUMAN CREDULITY.
      • DARK AGES OF EUROPE
        • MERLIN.
        • ST. DUNSTAN.
      • MERLIN.
      • ST. DUNSTAN.
    • GENERAL SILENCE OF THE EAST RESPECTING INDIVIDUAL NECROMANCERS.
      • ROCAIL.
      • HAKEM, OTHERWISE MOCANNA.
      • ARABIAN NIGHTS' ENTERTAINMENTS.
      • PERSIAN TALES.
      • STORY OF A GOULE.
      • ARABIAN NIGHTS.
      • RESEMBLANCE OF THE TALES OF THE EAST AND OF EUROPE.
      • CAUSES OF HUMAN CREDULITY.
    • ROCAIL.
    • HAKEM, OTHERWISE MOCANNA.
    • ARABIAN NIGHTS' ENTERTAINMENTS.
    • PERSIAN TALES.
    • STORY OF A GOULE.
    • ARABIAN NIGHTS.
    • RESEMBLANCE OF THE TALES OF THE EAST AND OF EUROPE.
    • CAUSES OF HUMAN CREDULITY.
    • DARK AGES OF EUROPE
      • MERLIN.
      • ST. DUNSTAN.
    • MERLIN.
    • ST. DUNSTAN.
    • COMMUNICATION OF EUROPE AND THE SARACENS
      • GERBERT, POPE SILVESTER II.
        • BENEDICT THE NINTH.
        • GREGORY THE SEVENTH.
        • DUFF, KING OF SCOTLAND.
        • MACBETH.
        • VIRGIL.
        • ROBERT OF LINCOLN.
        • MICHAEL SCOT.
        • THE DEAN OF BADAJOZ.
        • MIRACLE OF THE TUB OF WATER.
        • INSTITUTION OF FRIARS.
        • ALBERTUS MAGNUS.
        • ROGER BACON.
        • THOMAS AQUINAS.
        • PETER OF APONO.
        • ENGLISH LAW OF HIGH TREASON.
        • ZIITO.
        • TRANSMUTATION OF METALS.
        • ARTEPHIUS.
        • RAYMOND LULLI.
        • ARNOLD OF VILLENEUVE.
        • ENGLISH LAWS RESPECTING TRANSMUTATION.
      • BENEDICT THE NINTH.
      • GREGORY THE SEVENTH.
      • DUFF, KING OF SCOTLAND.
      • MACBETH.
      • VIRGIL.
      • ROBERT OF LINCOLN.
      • MICHAEL SCOT.
      • THE DEAN OF BADAJOZ.
      • MIRACLE OF THE TUB OF WATER.
      • INSTITUTION OF FRIARS.
      • ALBERTUS MAGNUS.
      • ROGER BACON.
      • THOMAS AQUINAS.
      • PETER OF APONO.
      • ENGLISH LAW OF HIGH TREASON.
      • ZIITO.
      • TRANSMUTATION OF METALS.
      • ARTEPHIUS.
      • RAYMOND LULLI.
      • ARNOLD OF VILLENEUVE.
      • ENGLISH LAWS RESPECTING TRANSMUTATION.
    • GERBERT, POPE SILVESTER II.
      • BENEDICT THE NINTH.
      • GREGORY THE SEVENTH.
      • DUFF, KING OF SCOTLAND.
      • MACBETH.
      • VIRGIL.
      • ROBERT OF LINCOLN.
      • MICHAEL SCOT.
      • THE DEAN OF BADAJOZ.
      • MIRACLE OF THE TUB OF WATER.
      • INSTITUTION OF FRIARS.
      • ALBERTUS MAGNUS.
      • ROGER BACON.
      • THOMAS AQUINAS.
      • PETER OF APONO.
      • ENGLISH LAW OF HIGH TREASON.
      • ZIITO.
      • TRANSMUTATION OF METALS.
      • ARTEPHIUS.
      • RAYMOND LULLI.
      • ARNOLD OF VILLENEUVE.
      • ENGLISH LAWS RESPECTING TRANSMUTATION.
    • BENEDICT THE NINTH.
    • GREGORY THE SEVENTH.
    • DUFF, KING OF SCOTLAND.
    • MACBETH.
    • VIRGIL.
    • ROBERT OF LINCOLN.
    • MICHAEL SCOT.
    • THE DEAN OF BADAJOZ.
    • MIRACLE OF THE TUB OF WATER.
    • INSTITUTION OF FRIARS.
    • ALBERTUS MAGNUS.
    • ROGER BACON.
    • THOMAS AQUINAS.
    • PETER OF APONO.
    • ENGLISH LAW OF HIGH TREASON.
    • ZIITO.
    • TRANSMUTATION OF METALS.
    • ARTEPHIUS.
    • RAYMOND LULLI.
    • ARNOLD OF VILLENEUVE.
    • ENGLISH LAWS RESPECTING TRANSMUTATION.
    • REVIVAL OF LETTERS.
      • JOAN OF ARC.
        • ELEANOR COBHAM, DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER.
        • RICHARD III.
      • ELEANOR COBHAM, DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER.
      • RICHARD III.
    • JOAN OF ARC.
      • ELEANOR COBHAM, DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER.
      • RICHARD III.
    • ELEANOR COBHAM, DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER.
    • RICHARD III.
    • SANGUINARY PROCEEDINGS AGAINST WITCHCRAFT.
      • SAVONAROLA.
        • TRITHEMIUS.
        • LUTHER.
        • CORNELIUS AGRIPPA.
        • FAUSTUS.
        • SABELLICUS.
        • PARACELSUS
        • CARDAN.
        • QUACKS, WHO IN COOL BLOOD UNDERTOOK TO OVERREACH MANKIND.
        • BENVENUTO CELLINI.
        • NOSTRADAMUS.
        • DOCTOR DEE.
        • EARL OF DERBY.
        • KING JAMES'S VOYAGE TO NORWAY.
        • JOHN FIAN.
        • KING JAMES'S DEMONOLOGY.
        • STATUTE, 1 JAMES I.
        • FORMAN AND OTHERS.
        • LATEST IDEAS OF JAMES ON THE SUBJECT.
        • LANCASHIRE WITCHES.
        • LADY DAVIES.
        • EDWARD FAIRFAX.
        • DOCTOR LAMB.
        • URBAIN GRANDIER.
        • ASTROLOGY.
        • WILLIAM LILLY.
        • MATTHEW HOPKINS.
        • CROMWEL.
        • DOROTHY MATELEY.
        • WITCHES HANGED BY SIR MATTHEW HALE.
        • WITCHCRAFT IN SWEDEN.
        • WITCHCRAFT IN NEW ENGLAND.
      • TRITHEMIUS.
      • LUTHER.
      • CORNELIUS AGRIPPA.
      • FAUSTUS.
      • SABELLICUS.
      • PARACELSUS
      • CARDAN.
      • QUACKS, WHO IN COOL BLOOD UNDERTOOK TO OVERREACH MANKIND.
      • BENVENUTO CELLINI.
      • NOSTRADAMUS.
      • DOCTOR DEE.
      • EARL OF DERBY.
      • KING JAMES'S VOYAGE TO NORWAY.
      • JOHN FIAN.
      • KING JAMES'S DEMONOLOGY.
      • STATUTE, 1 JAMES I.
      • FORMAN AND OTHERS.
      • LATEST IDEAS OF JAMES ON THE SUBJECT.
      • LANCASHIRE WITCHES.
      • LADY DAVIES.
      • EDWARD FAIRFAX.
      • DOCTOR LAMB.
      • URBAIN GRANDIER.
      • ASTROLOGY.
      • WILLIAM LILLY.
      • MATTHEW HOPKINS.
      • CROMWEL.
      • DOROTHY MATELEY.
      • WITCHES HANGED BY SIR MATTHEW HALE.
      • WITCHCRAFT IN SWEDEN.
      • WITCHCRAFT IN NEW ENGLAND.
    • SAVONAROLA.
      • TRITHEMIUS.
      • LUTHER.
      • CORNELIUS AGRIPPA.
      • FAUSTUS.
      • SABELLICUS.
      • PARACELSUS
      • CARDAN.
      • QUACKS, WHO IN COOL BLOOD UNDERTOOK TO OVERREACH MANKIND.
      • BENVENUTO CELLINI.
      • NOSTRADAMUS.
      • DOCTOR DEE.
      • EARL OF DERBY.
      • KING JAMES'S VOYAGE TO NORWAY.
      • JOHN FIAN.
      • KING JAMES'S DEMONOLOGY.
      • STATUTE, 1 JAMES I.
      • FORMAN AND OTHERS.
      • LATEST IDEAS OF JAMES ON THE SUBJECT.
      • LANCASHIRE WITCHES.
      • LADY DAVIES.
      • EDWARD FAIRFAX.
      • DOCTOR LAMB.
      • URBAIN GRANDIER.
      • ASTROLOGY.
      • WILLIAM LILLY.
      • MATTHEW HOPKINS.
      • CROMWEL.
      • DOROTHY MATELEY.
      • WITCHES HANGED BY SIR MATTHEW HALE.
      • WITCHCRAFT IN SWEDEN.
      • WITCHCRAFT IN NEW ENGLAND.
    • TRITHEMIUS.
    • LUTHER.
    • CORNELIUS AGRIPPA.
    • FAUSTUS.
    • SABELLICUS.
    • PARACELSUS
    • CARDAN.
    • QUACKS, WHO IN COOL BLOOD UNDERTOOK TO OVERREACH MANKIND.
    • BENVENUTO CELLINI.
    • NOSTRADAMUS.
    • DOCTOR DEE.
    • EARL OF DERBY.
    • KING JAMES'S VOYAGE TO NORWAY.
    • JOHN FIAN.
    • KING JAMES'S DEMONOLOGY.
    • STATUTE, 1 JAMES I.
    • FORMAN AND OTHERS.
    • LATEST IDEAS OF JAMES ON THE SUBJECT.
    • LANCASHIRE WITCHES.
    • LADY DAVIES.
    • EDWARD FAIRFAX.
    • DOCTOR LAMB.
    • URBAIN GRANDIER.
    • ASTROLOGY.
    • WILLIAM LILLY.
    • MATTHEW HOPKINS.
    • CROMWEL.
    • DOROTHY MATELEY.
    • WITCHES HANGED BY SIR MATTHEW HALE.
    • WITCHCRAFT IN SWEDEN.
    • WITCHCRAFT IN NEW ENGLAND.
    • CONCLUSION.
    • THE END.
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