The Key of Solomon the King

(ca 1525)

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The Key of Solomon the King (in Latin, Clavis Salomonis or Clavicula Salomonis) is a grimoire, a handbook for how to carry out various magical rituals through summoning demons. Grimoires are a common element of popular culture. They are often seen in popular literature, films, and television shows, but these portrayals rarely relate very closely to historical realities. Nevertheless, The Key of Solomon the King is the source of the common image of the grimoire, with its combination of demonic...