Richard Cavendish (born 1930) is a British historian who has written extensively on the subjects of occultism, religion, the tarot, mythology, and English history.
Personal life [ edit ]
Cavendish was born in 1930 at
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, the son of a Church of England clergyman. He lived with his partner in the United States for eight years, in New York and Los Angeles.
Cavendish was educated at
Christ's Hospital and at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he specialized in medieval studies. He has written both on the political and social history of Great Britain and on the history of folk magic and occultism in the British Isles and Europe. Among his best-known works are The Black Arts, [1 ] The Tarot, A History of Magic, and the influential 24-volume set , which he both edited and contributed to. He also writes regularly for the British journal Man, Myth & Magic . History Today [2 ]
Cavendish's work is highly regarded
agnostic stance towards its sometimes controversial subject matter. While written for a lay audience rather than for scholars, books like The Black Arts and The Powers of Evil in Western Religion, Magic and Folk Belief remain accessible, reputable, and insightful reading decades after their original publication.
for its depth of research and
Partial bibliography [ edit ]
The Black Arts: A Concise History of Witchcraft, Demonology, Astrology, and Other Mystical Practices Throughout the Ages, 1967
Encyclopaedia of the Unexplained: Magic, Occultism and Parapsychology, 1974.
Explore Britain's Coastline, AA Explore Britain Guides
The Great Religions
A History of Magic
Images of Britain, W.H. Smith Exclusive Books
King Arthur and the Grail: The Arthurian Legends and Their Meaning
Kings & Queens: The Story of Britain's Monarchs From Earliest Times
Legends of the World
The Magical Arts, Arkana
, 1970-1972 (24 volumes) Man, Myth & Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural
Mysteries of the Universe
Mythology: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1980
100 Great Wonders of the World
1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die
The Powers of Evil in Western Religion, Magic and Folk Belief, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1975 ISBN 0-7100-8117-0
The Tarot, London: Chancellor Press, 1975
Visions of Heaven and Hell
Wonders of the World
The World of Ghosts and the Supernatural, 1994
References [ edit ]
^ Witches reported active in Toledo, Toledo Blade, 3 Dec 1968, p2