Solomon's Secret Arts and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$40.00
Qty:1
  • List Price: $50.00
  • Save: $10.00 (20%)
Only 9 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Trade in your item
Get a $14.99
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Solomon's Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment Hardcover – May 21, 2013


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$40.00
$34.00 $31.57


Frequently Bought Together

Solomon's Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment + The Dark Side of the Enlightenment: Wizards, Alchemists, and Spiritual Seekers in the Age of Reason + The Enlightenment: And Why It Still Matters
Price for all three: $82.03

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300123582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300123586
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"A definitive document of its material."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
(Publisher's Weekly)

“[A] serious yet lively work, chockablock with facts, anecdotes, and original research.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
(Michael Dirda The Washington Post)

“A first-class study of the pursuit of the occult in England from the Restoration through 1815.”Library Journal

(Library Journal)

Book Description

This illuminating book reveals the surprising extent to which great and lesser-known thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment embraced the spiritual, the magical, and the occult.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
2
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joey on February 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book covers a tremendous amount of info in a rather short period of English history: 1650-1815. For those of us who are fans of obscure English intellectual history, this book will keep them busy for awhile. The author covers many topics that are part of or touch upon the occult: alchemy, astrology, ritual magic, Kabbalah, freemasonry, prophets, Swedenborgians, Behmenists, magnetic healing, graphic novels, etc.
The occult has had an effect on intellectual thinking throughout the Enlightenment and still does to this day.
The only downside of this book is that there is so much throwing of names and concepts, it is not always easy to keep things straight. Not a casual read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Anaximenes on January 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Five stars. A beautiful manifested exposition of the lore of Solomon as Magus in history, well written, lucidly presented and packed with information even the most devout of students and researchers will find new.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
Paul Kleber Monod’s book starts out on a humorous note. The alchemists of the middle ages were after the legendary “philosopher’s stone” that would turn base metals into gold. The Protestant enlightenment of the time was ripe for a pipe dream like this, and even the kind of England got involved. It didn’t work, but along the way the alchemists discovered new alloys, pigments, and many other metal-based chemicals that are still in use today.

Now let’s look at John Webster, alchemist and astrologer. He spoke out against witchcraft in in England, while enjoying the attention of people fascinated by his kooky scientific studies. Keep in mind that these famous scholars were all upper-class Englishmen, and they wanted to keep all the credit for themselves. In fact most of the great scientists, writers, and explorers of the era were from the upper classes, not the lower ones. But the author tells how this would end.

The American Revolution really wounded the confidence of the British. Into that era came Ebeneezer Sibly, who wrote a bestselling book on mysticism. He published the names of “demons” that only he knew about, gathered from “texts” that only he’d seen. He had his own printer to churn it out, and aimed it at lowbrow readers, releasing the book in the form of installments that the poor could afford. He used this market to sell his own quack medicines.

Today we have horror writers like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, and countless others, some of whom write stories for paperbacks that you see in the airport news stand. A genre that was once seen as fact is now popular fiction. If Stephen King had written ‘Salem’s Lot in 1650, he could’ve claimed it was true and everyone would’ve believed it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?