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  Copyright © 2018 by Deborah Harkness

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  Illustrations by Colleen Madden

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  Here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here: Anna Baldwin.

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  ISBN 9780735220744 (hardcover)

  ISBN 9780735220751 (ebook)


  Dear Reader,

  Welcome—or welcome back—into a world of daemons, humans, vampires, and witches, where a reluctant witch and a fifteen-hundred-year-old vampire discover the secrets left in a mysterious manuscript.

  When I started writing the books in 2008, I had no idea that so many readers around the globe would take Diana, Matthew, and all the other Bishops and de Clermonts into their hearts and minds. Today I share the creatures in the All Souls trilogy with readers from Australia to Vietnam and Finland to Brazil. This book is for all of you.

  My curious, engaged readers always have more questions than I can answer on social media, via email, or at a book signing. We’ve written this book with you in mind. We delved into my file cabinets and notebooks. We mined the stories for hidden nuggets of arcane lore and historical information. We’ve transformed some of what was in my imagination when I wrote the trilogy into something that could be shared.

  As you explore the pages of this book, you will discover a treasure trove of information about the creatures and events of the trilogy. This companion volume gives you a chance to have a good rummage through my inspiration archive. Though some of your questions will be answered, we hope that they are replaced with new insights and connections. And as you follow the threads through history, legend, music, magic, and science, we hope that you feel a new sense of affinity for the characters and stories.

  Enjoy your journey of discovery—or rediscovery—into the world of All Souls.

  Best wishes,


  Title Page


  A Note from Deborah Harkness

  In Conversation with Deborah Harkness


  A Discovery of Witches Shadow of Night The Book of Life

  Calendars Music of All Souls


  The Creatures of All Souls

  Daemons Humans Vampires Witches


  The A–Z of All Souls Characters


  The Congregation The Conventicle Knights of Lazarus Knights Templar Order of the Broome Order of St. Michael Order of the Defeated Dragon and the Drăculeşti

  Oxford University Yale University

  A Discovery of Witches Outtake


  Oxford and Oxfordshire, England Scotland

  Shadow of Night Outtake

  France Spain Madison, New York, USA London, England Prague, Czechoslovakia Amsterdam, the Netherlands New Haven, Connecticut, USA New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Venice, Italy


  Magic and Witchcraft: The World of Diana Bishop

  The Goddess: Maiden, Mother, and Crone

  Ghosts Elemental Magic The Craft Weaving Timewalking


  The Evolution of Matthew de Clermont

  500–999 1000–1500 1500–1700 1700–1800 1800–1899 1900–1999


  Opus Magnum and Symbols of Alchemy

  The Arbor Dianae The Green Lion

  The Chemical Wedding

  The Philosopher’s Stone

  Decorative Arts

  Interior Spaces of All Souls

  The Art, Fashion, and Jewelry of All Souls


  All Souls Recipes

  Wine Tea Herbs and Medicinals

  Gonçalves Manuscript 4890

  All Souls Activities

  Traveling in the All Souls World

  Exercise in the All Souls World


  The Literature of All Souls

  Alchemy Mythology

  History, Magic, Science and Religion

  Plays and Prose Poetry and Verse


  Translations for Words and Phrases in the All Souls Trilogy

  Wider Reading and All Souls Resources


  About the Author

  It began with . . .

  Portrait of the author hunting Easter eggs

  In Conversation with Deborah Harkness

  The Inspiration for All Souls

  What drives your fascination with the past?

  Ever since I was a small child, I loved history. My parents took us to historical sites when I was growing up outside of Philadelphia, and I loved dressing up in long skirts and imagining I lived in the eighteenth century. After my first trip to England to visit my mother’s family in the 1970s, I fell in love with fifteenth- and sixteenth-century history, pushing further back into the past.

  I think those early experiences visiting historical places, and reading about them before and after, made history seem alive to me. I could imagine myself into colonial Williamsburg, or the Revolutionary War, or Warwick Castle, or Speke Hall. Once the past was a living, breathing place in my imagination, it never lost its fascination for me. The more I read, the more important it was that I know why people in the past did what they did. I’ve always been interested in what motivated people and how the particular conditions of their lives and experiences shaped those desires.

  What triggered you to turn from your work as an academic historian to writing a fictional tale of a witch, a vampire, and a lost manuscript?

  At the start of a family vacation in Puerto Vallarta, I walked through the airport and saw a big display of books about witches and vampires. I had just finished a book about the history of scientific inquiry in Elizabethan London and had been reading virtually nothing published after 1610 for years, so this move in to popular culture was something of a surprise to me. Looking at the jackets, I was struck with a couple of simple questions: If there really are witches and vampires, as these books suggested, what on earth do they do for a living? And why don’t I know any of them?

  When I started writing the story, I really started by imagining a possible answer to those questions. I had spent six or eight weeks on it and had nine chapters completed before I ev