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79) Already, in 1566, pamphlets describe a clear link between familiar spirits, the Devil, and unconventional sexual behaviour.
Familiar Spirits doesn't recount the remainder of Lurie's career as a fiction writer, but I'll support my opening comment above by pointing out that her third novel, an expose of the world of mediums and spiritualist mysticism, is dedicated to Merrill and Jackson.
Gauna shows that in Rabelais demons are almost always presented as good, and that they have fundamental roles in divination (Tiers Livre) or as familiar spirits (for example, Pantagruel's demon, Quart Livre, Chapter 66).
The bad sense of brudiwr is clearest in the Welsh Bible of 1588, where a geisio wybodaeth gan gonsuriwr, neu frydiwr of Deuteronomy 18:11 corresponds to 'or a wizard, or a consulter with familiar spirits' in AV, and yna'r ymofynnant ag eulynnod, ac a swynyddion, ac a dewiniaid, ac a brydwyr of Isaiah 19:3 with 'and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards'.