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Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Legend
by Leo Ruickbie (Goodreads Author)
Around the world there are hundreds of nightly performances of Goethe’s Faust as well as actual attempts at soul-selling on eBay. Faustus has rightly been described as an icon of modern culture. But in500 years no one has written his biography—until now. Faustus is the real story behind the legend. It is the story of a 16th-century scandal, who claimed mastery of the forbi ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by The History Press
(first published 2009)
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Never really got into this book. The author does a lot of supposing on what "may" have happened, since there aren't a lot of verifiable facts to really flesh out a whole book. Also, he goes off on these long tangents that sometimes tie into the story and sometimes they don't.
Dr Leo Ruickbie is a sociologist and historian specialising in the field of witchcraft, Wicca, magic and the occult. He hold a PhD from King's College, London, for his work on modern witchcraft, and is the author of several books including Witchcraft Out of the Shadows and Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician. In 2008 and 2009 he exhibited on the subject of witchcraft in France. ...moreMore about Leo Ruickbie...