A grimoire is a textbook of magic. Books of this genre, typically giving instructions for gaining magical powers, have circulated throughout Elara for most of recorded history. Such books contain directions on casting charms and spells, on mixing medicines, summoning unearthly entities, and making talismans. "Magical" books in almost any context, especially books of magical spells, are also called grimoires. The term "grimoire" commonly serves as an alternative name for a spell-book or tome of magical knowledge.