An interesting work Obviously a predecessor of Charles Fort and John Keel. This was an interesting quick read It was a little challenging at times to wade through the old English that was used, and I found the introduction to be long winded, but it was fascinating to read a document that was written in 1692 Although it wasn t entirely what I was expecting, since I breezed through it in about 2 hours, it was well worth the time I m only giving it three stars because it wasn t what the description had led me to believe and the introduction got on my nerves. Kirk Is A Magnificent Dish To Set Before Any Student Of Either Folk Lore Or Folk Psychology Times Literary SupplementIn The Late Th Century, A Scottish Minister Went Looking For Supernatural Creatures Of A Middle Nature Betwixt Man And Angel Robert Kirk Roamed The Highlands, Talking To His Parishioners And Other Country Folk About Their Encounters With Fairies, Wraiths, Elves, Doppelgangers, And Other Agents Of The Spirit World Magic Was A Part Of Everyday Life For Kirk And His Fellow Highlanders, And This Remarkable Book Offers Rare Glimpses Into Their Enchanted RealmLeft In Manuscript Form Upon The Author S Death In , This Volume Was First Published In At The Behest Of Sir Walter Scott In , The Distinguished Folklorist Andrew Lang Re Edited The Work Lang S Introduction To Kirk S Extraordinary Blend Of Science, Religion, And Superstition Is Included In This Edition For Many Years, The Secret Commonwealth Was Hard To Find Available, If At All, Only In Scholarly Editions Academicians As Well As Lovers Of Myths And Legends Will Prize This Authoritative But Inexpensive Edition Kirk, a parson, wrote this book basically defending the belief in fairies, charms, and second sight that his parishioners had He wanted to argue that you could be a good Christian and also believe in these kinds of other world elements that were so pervasive in his community He describes some of these beliefs and offers examples of specific instances and offers biblical references to back up his position although some were a bit of a stretch It s VERY interesting and is considered to be a must for students of folklore The version I read was edited from the original manuscript by Stewart Sanderson According to him, the version edited by Lang which is the famous and readily available one has some problems where Lang made some assumptions that maybe he shouldn t have made Do with that what you will. This short, unusual book is intended to be a record of the existence of actual fae folk Tales of fae folk are part of common folklore in England and Scotland, and this book was put together by a Scottish Presbyterian minister I m always interested in folklore, and this book is an interesting read. So very boring The subject matter the curious nature of Scottish faeries and the faery faith of those that fear them held tremendous potential, but this book fell far short of my expectations It was dull and difficult reading, thanks to the 17th century grammar and vocabulary, and scattered with irrelevant Biblical quotes If you want to learn about the faery faith, I would recommend Evan Wentz s The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries over this one any day of the week Tis a shame. every ufologist should read it the clear link between faeries of old and the greys of today same drink through the pores stuff etcthis book totally blows away exopolitics they came in 1947 at Roswell rubbish Completely fascinating, an amazing source for fairylore studies. If, like me, you read this expecting to learn something about the folklore of fairies, you will be disappointed The beginning of the book has some of that, and it is entertaining.The best reason to read this book is that it is strange and amusing It is written by a clergyman on fairies, the second sight, and charms he believes in all of the above His prose reads something like that of the scientists of his time, but he writes about what appears to us to be nonsense He is at pains to tell us that having use of the second sight is not witchcraft, nor is it diabolical he ends a passage in which he argus for this, Quod erat demonstrandum And there are passages like this I presume to say that this sight the second sight can be no quality of the air nor of the eyes Because i such as live in the same air and see all other things as far off and as clearly, yet have not the second sight ii a seer can give another person this sight transiently by putting his hand and foot in the posture he requires of him iii the unsullied eyes of infants can naturally perceive no new unaccustomed objects but what appear to other men, unless exalted and clarified some way, as Balaam s ass for a time Which shows the difference between our time and the 17th century pretty well, I think. Hardcore fantasy readers might find The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies by Robert Kirk and Andrew Lang to be interesting reading Lang, a nineteenth century folklorist, had printed and wrote a long introduction to a seventeenth century manuscript by Kirk.Both parts are worth reading if you like the topic The language is old, and by our standards the spelling is eccentric, but you will see where this little book has had an influence on contemporary fantasy Definitely read the footnotes and make free use of Google.
Robert Kirk 9 December 1644 14 May 1692 was a minister, Gaelic scholar and folklorist, best known for The Secret Commonwealth, a treatise on fairy folklore, witchcraft, ghosts and second sight of the Scottish Highlands.
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- The Secret Commonwealth: An Essay of the Nature and Actions of the Subterranean (and, for the Most Part) Invisible People, Heretofioir Going under the Name of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies
- Robert Kirk
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