The World of Might and MagicThe World of Might and Magic

Also included is a history of the world of Ashan, presented as a timeline that covers all of the major events in the world's history. This book is a complete guide to the world of Ashan, its gods, its people, and its history.

Author: UbiSoft

Publisher: Osprey Publishing (UK)

ISBN: 1780968647


Page: 172

View: 340

The Heroes of Might and Magic compendium is a lavishly illustrated, hardback guide to the world of Ashan, the setting for many years of Might and Magic games. Featuring exclusive artwork, stories, and fun facts, much of the content from the book is drawn directly from the Developer's Bible, the internal documents used by the game designers to keep track of timelines and plot developments. The book is divided into sections, examining the nine key factions, their history, abilities, rulers and major strengths and weaknesses. Also included is a history of the world of Ashan, presented as a timeline that covers all of the major events in the world's history. This book is a complete guide to the world of Ashan, its gods, its people, and its history.

Game of Thrones and PhilosophyGame of Thrones and Philosophy

The elusive nature of these magical events raises the question of whether
supernatural events could occur in our world. Given the inability of science to
discover phenomena that are perceivable by only one individual, there might be
magic in ...

Author: Henry Jacoby

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118206058


Page: 320

View: 108

An in-depth look at the philosophical issues behind HBO's Game of Thrones television series and the books that inspired it George R.R. Martin's New York Times bestselling epic fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO television show adapted from it, have earned critical acclaim and inspired fanatic devotion. This book delves into the many philosophical questions that arise in this complex, character-driven series, including: Is it right for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a "bad" one and murder his family? How far should you go to protect your family and its secrets? In a fantasy universe with medieval mores and ethics, can female characters reflect modern feminist ideals? Timed for the premiere of the second season of the HBO Game of Thrones series Gives new perspectives on the characters, storylines, and themes of Game of Thrones Draws on great philosophers from ancient Greece to modern America to explore intriguing topics such as the strange creatures of Westeros, the incestuous relationship of Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and what the kings of Westeros can show us about virtue and honor (or the lack thereof) as they play their game of thrones Essential reading for fans, Game of Thrones and Philosophy will enrich your experience of your favorite medieval fantasy series.

Magic and Ritual in the Ancient WorldMagic and Ritual in the Ancient World

They suggest that the definitive differentiation between magic and religion , long
associated with the " Judaic legacy ” is far more ambivalent than might be
expected . The distinction between magic and other types of ritual appears “ a ...

Author: Paul Allan Mirecki

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004116761


Page: 468

View: 756

This volume contains a series of provocative essays that explore expressions of magic and ritual power in the ancient world. The strength of the present volume lies in the breadth of scholarly approaches represented. The book begins with several papyrological studies presenting important new texts in Greek and Coptic, continuing with essays focussing on taxonomy and definition. The concluding essays apply contemporary theories to analyses of specific test cases in a broad variety of ancient Mediterranean cultures. Paul Mirecki, Th.D. (1986) in Religious Studies, Harvard Divinity School, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. Marvin Meyer, Ph.D. (1979) in Religion, Claremont Graduate School, is Professor of Religion at Chapman University, Orange, California, and Director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity.

Magic and Divination in the Ancient WorldMagic and Divination in the Ancient World

The Poet as Conjurer : Magic and Literary Theory in Late Antiquity * Peter T.
Struck In his famous banning of the poets from his ... Rather , it has a direct and
ineffable link with the higher truth , operating on the level of a talisman , or what
might ...

Author: Leda Jean Ciraolo

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004124063


Page: 152

View: 721

This collection of essays focuses on divination across the Ancient World from early Mesopotamia to late antiquity. The authors deal with the forms, theory and poetics of this important and still poorly understood ancient phenomenon.

Magic in the Roman WorldMagic in the Roman World

perspective and see how and why women were associated so closely with "
magic. ... First, in order to begin thinking about why people might believe in
notions of cause and effect different from ours we must start with a careful
examination of ...

Author: Naomi Janowitz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134633678


Page: 160

View: 208

Using in-depth examples of 'magical' practice such as exorcisms, love rites, alchemy and the transformation of humans into divine beings, this lively volume demonstrates that the word 'magic' was used widely in late antique texts as part of polemics against enemies and sometimes merely as a term for other people's rituals. Naomi Janowitz shows that 'magical' activities were integral to late antique religious practice, and that they must be understood from the perspective of those who employed them.

The sacred and profane history of the world connected With the treatise on the creation and fall of manThe sacred and profane history of the world connected With the treatise on the creation and fall of man

... and this was thought no mean medicine both by Varro and Pliny t ; and it might
have more effect than we may be apt to ... practice , which did not appear
surprising , and to give us that part only , which might look like magic and
inchantment .

Author: Samuel Shuckford


ISBN: OXFORD:555070398



View: 527

Mission of MagicMission of Magic

turn to bless others and use their gift to the betterment of the world.' Can you
believe that? What rubbish! How does one better the world, might I inquire, by
unleashing all matter of madness and destruction upon it? Ludicrous.” “I didn't
ask you ...

Author: Julie Dean Smith

Publisher: Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.

ISBN: 9781625670182


Page: 343

View: 467

A princess must learn to wield her own magic if she is to save her kingdom—and her own life—from the cruel reign of her brother in this fantasy saga. Princess Athaya of Caithe paid dearly for revealing her magical gifts: the loss of loved ones, excommunication from the Church, and a death warrant on her head. She barely escaped the kingdom of Caithe with her life, and yet she is already plotting her return. Despite months of grueling instruction, Athaya is only beginning to grasp the full extent of her talents. Her battle-magic is still unpredictable and her spell path-maps are incomplete. But Athaya is running out of time. While she’s been away training, the Lorngeld continue to suffer under the reign of her brother Durek. Athaya swore she’d abolish the Church’s murderous rite of absolution and legalize the teaching of magic to the Lorngeld. But fulfilling those promises won’t be easy. Though Athaya is aided by a powerful group of wizards, her brother will not rest until she is defeated.

Making Magic with GaiaMaking Magic with Gaia

However, seeing our actions in a wider context is good for our souls and good for
the earth. We might not pour blood on the earth as in ancient practice, but
perhaps choose instead to shun the rampant materialism and consumerism that
has ...

Author: Francesca Ciancimino Howell

Publisher: Red Wheel

ISBN: 9781609257682


Page: 176

View: 462

The author of Food, Festival and Religion shows how spiritual practices drawn from the ancient magical arts can help to heal Mother Earth. A Greenpeace activist, Wiccan High Priestess, and proud Soccer Mom, Francesca Howell has been involved in magical traditions and wildlife preservation since childhood. In this one-of-a-kind book, she shares her everyday suggestions for spiritual renewal through connecting with nature. The meditations, ceremonies, and spellcraft in Making Magic with Gaia spring from an ancient Pagan tradition of Earth stewardship, which blends deep ecology, magic, and activism to bring the reader into a closer communion and harmony with Mother Earth. Packed with practical suggestions (recycling, gardening without pesticides, and conserving water) and mystical rituals (shamanism, crystal magic, and Power Animals) for helping the planet, this book is written for anyone with a spiritual ecological awareness. Not the witchcraft of Gothic novels, Making Magic with Gaia is based on a modern religion with ancient roots that can heal the Earth as it heals the practitioner.

Ways a World Might BeWays a World Might Be

O'Leary dreams of a world in which he mixes molten tin and copper, and gets
gold (not by some magic alchemic process—in the world he dreams of, the
mixture simply is gold). But Daniels knows that there is no world of the kind that O'
Leary ...

Author: Robert Stalnaker

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199251483


Page: 287

View: 235

Robert Stalnaker draws together in this volume the extent of his work in metaphysics. The central theme is the role of possible worlds in articulating our various metaphysical commitments. The essays presented reflect on the nature of metaphysics, with two of the essays featured being published for the first time.

The Presocratics and the SupernaturalThe Presocratics and the Supernatural

Again, with this world view one might employ magic in order to participate in it.
The importance of this for this book is twofold. First, it should be evident that
Homer and Hesiod had extended worlds which will support the use of magic.
Second ...

Author: Andrew Gregory

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472504159


Page: 240

View: 535

This book examines the relationship between magic, philosophy and the investigation of nature in presocratic Greece. Did the presocratic thinkers, often praised for their rejection of the supernatural, still believe in gods and the divine and the efficacy of magical practices? Did they use animism, astrology, numerology and mysticism in their explanations of the world? This book analyses the evidence in detail and argues that we need to look at each of these beliefs in context.

Soul of the FireSoul of the Fire

life as we know it.” Richard wiped a hand over his face as he contemplated how
such a disaster might ripple through the Midlands. ... But while you and Kahlan
would simply lose your magic, the world might die around you.” Richard dragged
a ...

Author: Terry Goodkind

Publisher: RosettaBooks

ISBN: 9780795346125


Page: 802

View: 529

Mayhem runs rampant as battle lines are drawn between rival lands in the 5nd novel of the #1 New York Timesbestselling author’s epic fantasy series. Richard Rahl has finally married his true love, Kahlan, and are enjoying their wedding night in the Village of the Mud People. But their newlywed bliss is cut short as unexplainable deaths begin to occur. Richard realizes that when Kahlan called forth the Chimes in order to save him, they remained free—and now they’re causing havoc. Richard’s mentor Zedd sends him and Kahlan off to the Wizard’s Keep in Aydindril to retrieve a magic spell that will stop the threat. But they are soon sidetracked by the people of Anderith, who wield a powerful weapon known as the Dominie Dirtch. The leadership of Anderith is making a bid to align with the evil Imperial Order. And as Richard tries to persuade them to change their minds, the Chimes continue their dangerous mischief.

Empire of MagicEmpire of Magic

In depicting distant, highly exotic regions, the thirteenth-century Hereford world
map might insert a legend attesting the existence of anthropopagi. The more
forward-looking Catalan maps—like the 1375 Catalan Atlas or mid-fifteenth
century ...

Author: Geraldine Heng

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231500678


Page: 536

View: 825

Empire of Magic offers a genesis and genealogy for medieval romance and the King Arthur legend through the history of Europe's encounters with the East in crusades, travel, missionizing, and empire formation. It also produces definitions of "race" and "nation" for the medieval period and posits that the Middle Ages and medieval fantasies of race and religion have recently returned. Drawing on feminist and gender theory, as well as cultural analyses of race, class, and colonialism, this provocative book revises our understanding of the beginnings of the nine hundred-year-old cultural genre we call romance, as well as the King Arthur legend. Geraldine Heng argues that romance arose in the twelfth century as a cultural response to the trauma and horror of taboo acts—in particular the cannibalism committed by crusaders on the bodies of Muslim enemies in Syria during the First Crusade. From such encounters with the East, Heng suggests, sprang the fantastical episodes featuring King Arthur in Geoffrey of Monmouth's chronicle The History of the Kings of England, a work where history and fantasy collide and merge, each into the other, inventing crucial new examples and models for romances to come. After locating the rise of romance and Arthurian legend in the contact zones of East and West, Heng demonstrates the adaptability of romance and its key role in the genesis of an English national identity. Discussing Jews, women, children, and sexuality in works like the romance of Richard Lionheart, stories of the saintly Constance, Arthurian chivralic literature, the legend of Prester John, and travel narratives, Heng shows how fantasy enabled audiences to work through issues of communal identity, race, color, class and alternative sexualities in socially sanctioned and safe modes of cultural discussion in which pleasure, not anxiety, was paramount. Romance also engaged with the threat of modernity in the late medieval period, as economic, social, and technological transformations occurred and awareness grew of a vastly enlarged world beyond Europe, one encompassing India, China, and Africa. Finally, Heng posits, romance locates England and Europe within an empire of magic and knowledge that surveys the world and makes it intelligible—usable—for the future. Empire of Magic is expansive in scope, spanning the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries, and detailed in coverage, examining various types of romance—historical, national, popular, chivalric, family, and travel romances, among others—to see how cultural fantasy responds to changing crises, pressures, and demands in a number of different ways. Boldly controversial, theoretically sophisticated, and historically rooted, Empire of Magic is a dramatic restaging of the role romance played in the culture of a period and world in ways that suggest how cultural fantasy still functions for us today.

Earth s MagicEarth s Magic

Though he had to admit that it felt just plain creepy that she claimed to be able to
talk in her mind to certain magical people all over the world. But it was her
boyfriend who really made Otto nervous. Heather might call him Earl Bedwas, as
she ...

Author: Pamela F. Service

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780375858338


Page: 256

View: 642

The exciting conclusion to this futuristic Arthurian trilogy! Heather and Earl (called Merlin the wizard by most) are working with King Arthur to unite Britain following a terrible nuclear devastation. Merlin’s sworn enemy, Morgan LeFay, is also organizing her forces, hoping to take over the world once and for all. Earth’s only hope is for Earl to find his father, who has been trapped in an enchantment for two thousand years. The problem is, Earl doesn’t know where to look, and worse, doesn’t even know what form the enchantment takes. Time is running out and Earl and Heather must solve the ancient mystery and return with the key to the Earth’s Magic. Traveling to one of the origins of humanity, the ancient kingdom of Kush, Merlin must decipher the key before the summer solstice when a great battle will be waged to decide the future of the earth. With a terrific heroine and an exciting nod to many cultures and legends, this riveting conclusion to Pamela Service’s tightly crafted and ingenious Arthurian trilogy is an exciting homage to the great adventure classics, as well as a marvelous addition to the Arthurian legend. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Earth MagicEarth Magic

We can assume that a plant has consciousness even though it's unlike what we
might typically think of as consciousness. In the Western world, we revere the
human brain as the pinnacle of intelligence and consider ourselves to be the
most ...

Author: Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 1401924964


Page: 288

View: 907

In Earth Magic, Steven Farmer offers a unique synthesis of ancient spiritual practices and philosophies that have proven over millennia to help heal the spiritual causes of physical and emotional illnesses, augment personal power, enhance manifestation abilities, and encourage a balanced and harmonious relationship with our Earth. Although the foundation for Earth Magic is universal shamanic wisdom, you don’t need to have an interest in shamanism to benefit from its contents, as it expands beyond this topic to incorporate processes that are useful for all those with the sincere intention to heal themselves, others, and our planet.

Magic BreaksMagic Breaks

Magic Breaks might finish the story arc, but it doesn't finish the story. For those of
you who are just coming to the series, we've included a list of characters and “
From the Journal of Barabas Gilliam,” a series summary written from the point of ...

Author: Ilona Andrews

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698146402


Page: 400

View: 967

No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same in this #1 New York Times bestselling series: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it… As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, but she must now deal with the affairs of the Pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel, ancient being with godlike powers. As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend a gathering of leaders from Atlanta’s supernatural factions. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered by a shapeshifter, Kate is given less than twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war that could destroy everything she holds dear...

The Magic WindowThe Magic Window

THE 1947 WORLD SERIES As baseball's 1947 season entered its final weeks in
September, one of its two pennant races ... Ford and baseball had their eyes on
TV's future, when a World Series might easily attract an audience in the millions.

Author: Jim Von Schilling

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136398605


Page: 246

View: 126

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Druid Magic HandbookThe Druid Magic Handbook

It never seems to have occurred to them, however, that magic might be part of
that path. At that time, the magical traditions of the Western world were at their
lowest ebb in many centuries. Gone were the heady days of the Renaissance,
when ...

Author: John Michael Greer

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 1609251512


Page: 272

View: 279

The first and only Druidic book of spells, rituals, and practice. The Druid Magic Handbook is the first manual of magical practice in Druidry, one of the fastest growing branches of the Pagan movement. The book breaks new ground, teaching Druids how to practice ritual magic for practical and spiritual goals within their own tradition. What sets The Druid Magic Handbook apart is that it does not require the reader to use a particular pantheon or set of symbols. Although it presents one drawn from Welsh Druid tradition, it also shows the reader how to adapt rites and other practices to fit the deities and symbols most meaningful to them. This cutting edge system of ritual magic can be used by Druids, Pagans, Christians, and Thelemites alike! This is the first manual of Druidic magical practice ever, replete with spell work and rituals.