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The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. Juli 2008

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"A slim quarto-size book (like a paperback novel in boards) and less than a hundred pages of text, this New York Review of Books edition is the first in more than a century and contains a well-written introduction and end notes by Marina Warner. Also included is Kirk's own glossary of "difficult words," in which we learn the 17th-century meanings of adscititious, defaecat, lychnobious and noctambulo." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Kirk is a magnificent dish to set before any student of either folk-lore or folk-psychology"--The Times Literary Supplement

“The importance of Robert Kirk’s manuscript for a deeper understanding of late seventeenth-century Scottish beliefs about fairies and second sight is hard to exaggerate. There is simply no other source with such fulsome detail about the Guid Neighbours…”–Folklore

“Kirk’s ‘Secret Commonwealth’ is one of those books which are well known but hard to come by…His little treatise is a most careful and thorough piece of work, made the more so by the spirit in which it was written…The result is one of the completest descriptions extant of that special phase of popular belief.”–The Times Literary Supplement

"[F]illed with delightful maunderings on seers and second-sighters and ‘glimpses of the moon’…”–The Critic

“[A] cult classic.”–The Glasgow Herald -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.


This fascinating book provides a rare glimpse into a world where fairies and elves, fauns and wraiths, and other ethereal beings were considered to be as real as any man or woman of the times.Written by a Scottish clergyman in 1692 (and later edited by the great folklorist Andrew Lang), the book has long interested scholars and charmed general readers alike.With the text newly edited and enhanced with appropriate illustrations, this new edition makes a wonderful gift book for anyone fascinated by the magical world of fairies and their kin.

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Excellent book on Fairies and Elves 3. November 2009
Von Jim Kaer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book superbly describes the other world that exists among us but remains hidden from most people. If you are interested in lore and the land of the Fey, this book will fill in many gaps of knowledge and answer many of your questions about how the fairies live, work and play, and what they have to teach us.
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Truth into one great whole. 7. September 2008
Von Steven W. Johnson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
If you are curious about the link between Christianity and the Fairy Faith of the Celts, this is the one book you must read. Written by a pastor of the middle ages, who also happens to meet the requirements of a scottish seer, Kirk tells things you probably will never read anywhere else!

I find this book to be filled with truth, at least as it was.
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Not A Book A Link 26. Februar 2012
Von nil voidish - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Although I knew this was a book that can be found in the public domain, nowhere in the description of this 'book' is it mentioned it is really a link to a website, Sacred Texts. I was expecting a version made for an ereader, that's what I thought I was paying for. Selling a repackaged public domain work is one thing, selling a link is a rip off.
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A Historical Curiosity 10. November 2013
Von Darth_J_Schmader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I have seen this book called a "must have" for fans of faerie tradition. However, in all honesty, this book is only peripherally concerned with the faerie traditions of the British Isles. The author is far more interested in psychic phenomena in general, and, in particular, the phenomena of "seers" in the area of Scotland. Maybe 10% of the text deals with faeries, and where it does, it doesn't add anything new at all. The majority of the text is dedicated to anecdotes that the author has collected regarding the existence of psychic ability, and likewise, the existence of seers among the male population of Scotland.

If you're looking for a book on faeries, this is not it, and in my opinion, it isn't even worth the time it takes to wade through the unrelated subject matter to get the those rare passages that do deal with the professed topic.
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It's beautifull! 13. März 2010
Von Janet L. Libercajt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I've not finished reading the book, but the cover art and the art on the inside pages is beautifull! It is written to well stimulate my sense of wonder and I feel as if the unseen and little people are real!
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