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Faustus - The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician

Secrets of a Real Magician

Do you have to sell your soul to the Devil to master the magic arts? Find out in this true-life account of the secrets of a real Renaissance magician. Set in a time of witchcraft trials and magical adventure, "a work of meticulous scholarship" and "a gripping page-turner".

Reinventing the Renaissance Occult

Reinventing the Renaissance Occult in Modern and Postmodern Culture, Saturday 14 November 2009, Helmore 201, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Sounding Alchyme

Jennifer Mckimm, ‘“Sounding Alchyme:” The Politics and Aesthetics of Milton’s Alchemical Verse in Paradise Lost’ [Cancelled]

That Miracles are Ceased

Diana Barsham, ‘"That Miracles are Ceased": Reginald Scot and the Rediscovery of Witchcraft’ [Cancelled]

Shaping Fantasies

Sarah Annes Brown, 'Shaping Fantasies'. Originally published in Shakespeare, Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2009 , pp 162 - 176.

The Possessed

Ewan Fernie, ‘The Possessed’.

The Book of Enoch

Gyorgy E. Szonyi, ‘Three "New Age" Interpretations of the Book of Enoch'.

Art and the Esoteric

Urszula Szulakowska, 'Art and the Esoteric Tradition in Australia'.

The Conquest of Time

Sophia Wellbeloved, 'The Conquest of Time in the Writings of GI Gurdjieff'.

Dealing with the Devil

Leo Ruickbie, 'Dealing with the Devil: The Faustian Pact in Magical Culture'.

Magicians and Scientists

Monika Smialkowska, 'Magicians and Scientists: David Calcutt's Prospero's Island and Elizabeth Nunez' Prospero's Daughter'.

Occultism and Continental Philosophy

Patricia MacCormack, 'Occultism and Continental Philosophy: From Solomon through Spare to Serres'.

Occult Film Studies

Mark Goodall, 'L'Occhio Selvaggio: Towards an Occult Film Studies'.

Science, Religion and Magic

Rowlie Wymer, 'Science, Religion and Magic in James Blish's "After Such Knowledge" Sequence'.

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Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician

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