The Sworn Book of Honorius
This master thesis The Sworn Book of Honorius deals with the medieval literary tradition of the Liber iuratus Honorii. The text of the Liber iuratus Honorii is a handbook on ceremonial magic, and is concerned with the invocation and conjuration of spirits. In the manuscript text, a magical ritual is described for the attainment of a vision of God (Visio Dei) with the help of a magical seal (Sigillum Dei). The text of the Liber iuratus Honorii is present in nine medieval manuscripts and can be divided in two literary traditions: The Southern and the Northern tradition. One of these manuscripts contains an English translation called The Sworn Book of Honorius. In this thesis, I have edited the manuscript text of the MS. Royal 17 A xlii from the British Library in London to a reliable and readable edition of the English text The Sworn Book of Honorius. In addition, I have done research on the historical background and manuscript content of the Liber iuratus Honorii and The Sworn Book of Honorius.
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