Livre des Esperitz

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The Livre des Esperitz (or Book of Spirits) is a 15th or 16th century French grimoire that inspired later works including Johann Weyer's Pseudomonarchia Daemonum and the Lesser Key of Solomon.[1][2][3][4][5] It contains ideas, traditions, and elements of works dating back to at least the 13th century.[6]

Like the Lesser Key of Solomon, the Livre des Esperitz has been attributed to Solomon.[7] The Livre des Esperitz merely lists the hierarchy of hell, and does not include prayers, conjurations, invocations, or spells to summon any being described. It does provide detailed descriptions of each spirit's appearance and function, and lists how many legions of demons serve under each. Many of these descriptions eventually found their way into later works, often unmodified.[6]

The demons listed within it include:[1][3][4] Lucifer, Bezlebut, Satan, Orient, Poymon, Equi, Veal, Agarat, Barbas, Bulfas, Amon, Batal, Gemen, Gazon, Artis, Machin, Dicision, Abugor, Vipos, Cerbere, Carmola, Estor, Coap, Deas, Asmoday, Bitur, Beal, Forcas, Furfur, Margotias, Oze, Lucay, Pucel, Jayn, Suralet, Zagon, Dragon, Parcas, Gorsin, Andralfas, Flanos, Brial, Fenix, Distolas


  1. ^ a b "Les who's who démonologiques de la Renaissance et leurs ancêtres médiévaux" by Jean-Patrice Boudet, Médiévales 44, Spring 2003, (online link).
  2. ^ Introduction by Joseph Peterson to Johann Weyer's Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, Twilit Grotto -- Esoteric Archives, 2000.
  3. ^ a b Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer's Manual of the Fifteenth Century; Richard Kieckhefer; Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA; 1997. P. 161
  4. ^ a b The Goetia of Dr Rudd; Thomas Rudd, Ed. Stephen Skinner & David Rankine; 2007, Golden Hoard Press. p.32-33
  5. ^ Entre science et nigromance: astrologie, divination et magie dans l'occident médiéval, XIIe-XVe siècle; by Jean-Patrice Boudet, Publications de la Sorbonne, 2006, p.380-381
  6. ^ a b Boudet, Médiévales, Résumé.
  7. ^ Boudet, Médiévales, par.27

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