The grimoire, Silentium In Persona Diaboli, is a breath of fresh air to me after a period of stale, stagnant discovery. The level of learning is something I did not fully realize was lacking for me personally. I enjoy discussing Satanism with those members of my Satanic Forum however, most of the discussions soon assume the “teacher / pupil” structure. I sometimes hunger for one or two bits of information that I have not considered.

The original grimoire manuscript was written (circa) the late 1400s. The informal “Introduction” (Front Matter) makes reference to the first Spanish auto-da-fé in Seville, Spain. This event took place in 1481 which provides a plausible baseline supporting the hypotheses of those who, in the past, examined the book. The Quemadero De Tablada is mentioned as a ‘tongue in cheek’ slur at face value. After reading the entire section (five pages), it seems to be a very personal attack on the insanity that was gripping Europe as the Inquisition went into “overdrive”. The mention of specific events suggests the book was a “work in progress”, actually requiring at least a decade to complete. The text is distinctive as reproduced from the original book. It is written in German however, the dialect is predominantly Bavarian with a sparse peppering of Schwäbisch words and distinctive phrases that currently exist around the Stuttgart area.

The book does not credit an author. During discussions in December, I learned that it is commonly believed the grimoire was assembled from the workings of an entire thirteen member Witch’s Coven with each member contributing works from ‘literal lifetimes’ of passing the information through the lineage and persistent practice. The output of such dedication and devotion is a book of knowledge.

After the book was completed, it is said to have traveled throughout Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, France and Prussia; surfacing just before 1740 during the annexation of Silesia by King Frederick II the Great of Prussia. From Silesia, the book surfaced one final time before World War II (1926) in Katowice Voivodeship. The book was purchased during a sale in München (1961) and been ‘home’ with the coven ever since.

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