Grand Grimoire

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The Grand Grimoire is a name given to a number of black magic[1] grimoires (four works are known, one of which is the Key of Solomon[citation needed]) believed to date back to 1522. It was possibly written some point after the 18th century, but may also represent a translation of The Sworn Book of Honorius, a 13th-century text.[2][3] It was ostensibly published in Cairo by a person known as Alibek the Egyptian. Also known as "The Red Dragon", this book contains instructions purported to summon Lucifer or Lucifuge Rofocale, for the purpose of forming a Deal with the Devil. The book is called "Le Veritable Dragon Rouge" ("The True Red Dragon") in Haiti, where it is revered among many practitioners of Voodoo.[citation needed] It is claimed they were placed under King Solomon's throne by the devil to tempt him.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

Fantasy author Lin Carter uses the word "karcist" as a synonym for "magician" or "sorcerer" in several of his works, citing the Grand Grimoire as a source. In "Thongor in the City of Magicians," Carter's "karcist" is a mage requested to serve as "controller" of a magic ritual enacted by a cabal of his colleagues.

In the video game Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, the Grand Grimoire is a magical book that survived the Flood on Noah's Ark, but whose value was forgotten. The book is later found by one of the game's main characters, Mewt Randell, in a used book shop. The book's power transports the game's protagonists to Ivalice, a fictional universe used as a setting for other Final Fantasy games as well.

In the 1989 motion picture Warlock, actor Julian Sands plays a warlock trying to find the three Grand Grimoires, which when combined purportedly contain the name of God. In the film the book has supernatural properties, and is therefore separated into three sets of pages to prevent its evil power from being abused.

In James H. Brennan's Sagas of the Demonspawn series, Lucifuge Rofocale is the name of the demon incarnated in the sword named Doom Bringer. According to the Grand Grimoire, Lucifuge Rofocale is the demon in charge of Hell's government.

Dutch metal band God Dethroned have an album called The Grand Grimoire (1997).

In its second season, the FOX TV series Sleepy Hollow presents the Grand Grimoire as once owned by occultist John Dee and coveted by an evil warlock named Solomon Kent. It fell into the possession of one of the series' antagonists, Henry Parrish, and helped lead to the fall of protagonist Katrina Crane.


  1. ^ A.E. Waite, "Of Black Magic and Of Pacts", from the Introduction to The Grand Grimoire.
  2. ^ "Book of Ceremonial Magic: Chapter IV: The Rituals Of Black Magic: Section 1: The Grimorium Verum". Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  3. ^ "Book of Ceremonial Magic: Chapter IV: The Rituals Of Black Magic: Section 4: The Grimoire of Honorius". Retrieved 2015-06-21.