Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Brief Review - The Complete Grimoire of Pope Honorius

     Having made my most solemn and heartfelt oath, by way of pinky swear no less, to begin posting here on The Lion's Den once again and bring some life back to this poor, neglected blog, the very first post I wanted to write is a long overdue review and sincere recommendation. 

     The book about which we will be speaking today is, in my eyes, one of the year's most important, and an invaluable contribution to the Grimoire Tradition. Bringing to the project the same impeccable scholarship, meticulous research and practicing Magician's touch for which he and Stephen Skinner have become well known following their Sourceworks Series, David Rankine has partnered once again with Paul Harry Barron to bring us a definitive, comprehensive and complete edition of The Grimoire of Pope Honorius. And for this we should all be grateful. 

     Including the full text of Wellcome 4666, a version of Honorius I had until now only seen in the original manuscript form, in its first ever English translation, Rankine and Barron have truly brought forth what is sure to be considered alongside the works of Joseph H. Peterson and Stephen Skinner as one of our generations most valuable offerings. 

     In a subsequent post, as the year comes to and end, I plan to offer a list of what I consider to be the 10 best releases of 2013.  The Complete Grimoire of Pope Honorius will sit deserving atop the list.

     Lest ye naysayers assume this post is anything but objective, or I be accused of pimping for a pal as has been said with regard to some of my former reviews, let it be known that David Rankine and I have never exchanged so much as a perfunctory hello. For that matter, with the exception of The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet and The Book of Gold, Avalonia hasn't released anything of which I've been a fan. 

     This review and recommendation is based solely on the merits of the book in question, and one hell of a good book it is.


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