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Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Legend

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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 in 500 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 forbidden ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by The History Press (first published 2009)
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Jon Kaneko-James
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it

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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Alex Kurtagic
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is incredibly challenging to piece together the life of someone who lived five centuries ago, about whom so little is known, and whose life became the subject of gossip, vituperation, and legend, captured in archaic language and printed in gothic script, out of which have proliferated thousands upon thousands of creative works. Leo Ruickbie accomplished an extraordinarily difficult task, and, although he was necessarily forced to deduce, infer, and speculate, his process is sound, meticulous, ...more
Travis
May 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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)
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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. As well as givi ...more