Grimoires — or books of magic — become an important part of the story in Unmarked by Kami Garcia. Here’s a few fun facts about these mystical texts:
A grimoire is defined as “a textbook of magic.” According to Wikipedia:
Such books typically include instructions on how to create magical objects like talismans and amulets, how to perform magical spells, charms and divination and also how to summon or invoke supernatural entities such as angels, spirits, and demons.
Many cultures also believe that the books themselves have magical powers.
The word “grimoire” is believed to come from the old French word grammaire, which originally referred only to books written in Latin. By the 18th century, the word was used throughout Europe to refer to a book of magic.
Despite its European roots, the word “grimoire” has since been used to refer to similar books of magic found across the world, including parts of Asia, Sumatra, and Jamaica.
Some of the earliest books to go to press during the advent of printing in Europe were magical texts. Printed grimoires were most common in countries NOT under the influence of the Catholic Church, such as Switzerland and Germany.
Despite the advances in printing, handwritten grimoires remained more highly valued because it was believed they contained magical powers within them.
Pop Culture Grimoires
Here are a few places where you might have heard about grimoires:
- “The Vampire Diaries” TV Show
- “Charmed” TV Show
- “Witches of East End” TV Show
- Necronomicon, created by H.P. Lovecraft
- Wicked by Gregory Maguire (& other books in his series) – book of spells is referred to as a “Grimmerie”