♥ Book Title : The King, the Witch, and the Priest
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Centuries ago, there was, in the eastern part of the island of Java, a kingdom by the name of Daha..." So begins The King, the Witch and the Priest, a fable with contemporary allure that is based on the story of Calon Arang, a Javanese legend dating from the twelfth century. As tradition tells it, Calon Arang was a powerful witch from the village of Girah who had a beautiful daughter named Ratna Manggali who could find no husband. No man would have her for fear of her mother. Calon Arang became so angered by her daughter's plight that she spread pestilence throughout the kingdom. To deal with the problem, King Erlangga ordered his most respected priest, Empu Baradah, to get rid of Calon Arang. This proved to be no easy task as Calon Arang owned a book containing all the secrets of sorcery. This ancient tale, as retold by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, exhibits a remarkable relevance to contemporary life with timeless lessons such as the triumph of good over evil and the ever-possible eternal salvation of one's soul. Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006) is Indonesia's most celebrated writer, with over thirty works of fiction translated into over thirty languages. A recipient of many major international awards, he was most recently awarded the Grand Prize in the 2000 Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize competition, Japan's highest literary honor. Willem Samuels is a long-time resident of Jakarta and has translated several of Pramoedya's works including The Fugitive, The Mute's Soliloquy, The Girl From the Coast and All That is Gone."Article| Pramoedya Ananta Toer| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Priest-King of the Warriors and Witch-Queen of the Others
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♥ Book Title : The Witch and the Priest
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Her books are among the finest historical novels ever written." - Alison Weir "[O]rgies, spells, and rites . . . a tasty brew!" - "Library Journal" "This novel by Hilda Lewis is one of the best I have ever read about witchcraft." - Dennis Wheatley "All-out weirdness ... The ghost of a witch and the parson who sent her up for trial and is now tormenting himself ... crimes, orgies, and the Devil in person." - "Illustrated London News" Samuel Fleming, an aging priest, is tormented by doubts on the case of Joan Flower and her daughters Margaret and Philippa, whom he helped condemn to death as witches in 1618. Were they guilty? Was justice done? Did he do all he could to save their souls? The spirit of Joan Flower appears to him and tells him that she has been rejected by both Heaven and Hell and is condemned to wander the earth. She unfolds a story of horror, telling how she and her daughters became witches, participated in orgies at the witches' sabbath with the Devil himself, cast spells to kill and torment their enemies, and eventually faced trial and execution. As Samuel listens, he tries desperately to find some way to save the witch's soul. And the stakes are high: for as the witch tells her horrifying tale, Samuel realizes that hers is not the only soul in jeopardy, and if he fails, he may be joining her in Hell! Hilda Lewis (1896-1974), a prolific author of historical fiction, ranked "The Witch and the Priest" (1956), based on the real-life case of the Witches of Belvoir, as her own favourite among her many novels. In creating this masterpiece of historical fiction, Lewis conducted extensive research on the case and on early works of witchcraft and demonology, resulting in a novel that is both compulsively readable and historically accurate. This new edition is the first in more than 40 years and includes an introduction by bestselling historian and novelist Alison Weir, and the original jacket art by Evelyn Gibbs."Article| Hilda Lewis| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Wizard Priest and the Witch. A Romance
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♥ Book Title : Birth of the Witch King
☯ Full Synopsis : "For thousands of years under one deity, humans, animals, and nature coexisted in peace and harmony in the progressive rainforest enclave called Yoyoland. But now, the arrival of a half-human immigrant from the animal kingdom has brought change. Civilization and adherence to one religion, which characterized Yoyoland and stood it apart, has quickly given way to bloodletting, wars, dark forces, sorceries, and witchcraft. A runaway immigrant named Ikiko dishonored the god of her land and was judged in the highest chamber in her kingdom. She exiled herself and immigrated to Yoyoland. She became pregnant and bore a daughter called Aboma. Aboma, a powerful queen of witches, is dominated by evil forces and is pregnant at birth, bearing a son named Ikenga. With her well-trained army of wizards, warlocks and goblins, she ruthlessly fights any religion and deity that are not hers. Enter Elechi: the one-man army and the ordained parson of Yoyoland, who swears an oath to destroy Aboma and any religion and deity that are not his. Birth of the Witch King is the first of four books of the Chronicles of Ikenga. Set in a torturous world of "live and don't let live," it tells of vicious wars, magic, sorceries, the supernatural, and monsters."Article| Charles Nwoko| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A History of England: Extending from the signature of Magna Charta to the death of Edward IV
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Henry Walter| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A history of England, in which it is intended to consider men and events on Christian principles, by a clergyman of the Church of England [H. Walter].
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Henry Walter| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Witch Hunts
☯ Full Synopsis : "Award-winning author Cuhulain has combined his vast knowledge on the occult together with his investigative expertise to present "Witch Hunts"--a guide to Wicca and how to defend against discrimination and harassment."Article| Kerr Cuhulain| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : In the City of the King
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Elena, a young dancer and juggler travelling through Estria with her partner Ariel, is soon drawn into the brotherhood and into an even more secret society, the Daughters of Ismay. Danger and adventure await her when, with the conspirators' help, she finally arrives in the City of the King"--Back cover."Article| William Pasnak| Statement ..."
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Biographical notes on Pramoedya Ananta Toer."Article| Koesalah Soebagyo Toer| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Witch Beliefs and Witch Trials in the Middle Ages
☯ Full Synopsis : "In 1901 a rich collection of extracts from documents relating to witch beliefs and witch trials in the Middle Ages - Hexenwahns und der Hexenverfolgung in Mittelalter - was published in Bonn. Most of the original documents are in Latin, with some in medieval German and French, and it has been left largely untranslated, making the material inaccessible, and neglected. This new translation of the key documents will enable students and scholars to look afresh at this crucial period in the development of attitudes towards witchcraft. Through the translated extracts we can see the beliefs and activities which had been formally condemned by ecclesiastical and secular authorities, but which had not yet become subject to widespread eradicating pogroms, start to be allied with heresy and with changing conceptions of demonic activity. The extensive introductory essay gives the reader the historical, theological, intellectual and social background and contexts of the translated documents. The translations themselves will all have introductory notes. This volume will contribute significantly to our understanding of the witchcraft phenomenon in the Middle Ages."Article| P. G. Maxwell-Stuart| Statement ..."