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Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician

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Five hundred years ago the legend was born of a man who sold his soul to the Devil for power, wealth and women. It is a legend that has inspired genius and still inspires high art and popular culture alike. 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 ...more
Hardcover, UK Printing, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by The History Press (first published 2009)
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Jon Kaneko-James

Great book -- the main thing that makes it three stars is out of the author's control: the publishers have gone for thin paper and a tiny font, which I found physically very hard to read. As an author myself, I do hate to raise these things as issues, but they significantly affected the readability of the book for me (I aborted reading it twice, and only got through it because I got a writing job where I would have been remiss not to have read Ruickbie's work).


As a piece of work, I really like

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Travis
May 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michael Smith
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the book, it's easy to read and easily allows you to put yourself into the story of Faust.
Leo Ruickbie
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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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. ...more
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