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Forbidden rites : a necromancer's manual of the fifteenth century

Author: Richard Kieckhefer
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998.
Series: Magic in history.
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"Preserved in the Bavarian State Library in Munich is a manuscript that few scholars have noticed and that no one in modern times has treated with the seriousness it deserves. Forbidden Rites consists of an edition of this medieval Latin text with a full commentary, including detailed analysis of the text and its contents, discussion of the historical context, translation of representative sections of the text, and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kieckhefer, Richard.
Forbidden rites.
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)653398843
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Kieckhefer
ISBN: 0271017503 9780271017501 0271017511 9780271017518
OCLC Number: 37341265
Description: 384 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Magical Books and Magical Rites --
2. Munich Handbook of Necromancy: Clm 849 --
3. Banquets, Horses and Castles: Illusionist Experiments --
4. Love, Favour and Madness: Psychological Experiments --
5. Learning Hidden and Future Things: Divinatory Experiments --
6. Formulas for Commanding Spirits: Conjurations and Exorcisms --
7. Demons and Daimons: The Spirits Conjured --
8. Magic of Circles and Spheres --
9. Conclusion --
Edition of the Necromancer's Handbook in Clm 849, Fols 3r-108v.
Series Title: Magic in history.
Responsibility: Richard Kieckhefer.

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"Preserved in the Bavarian State Library in Munich is a manuscript that few scholars have noticed and that no one in modern times has treated with the seriousness it deserves. Forbidden Rites consists of an edition of this medieval Latin text with a full commentary, including detailed analysis of the text and its contents, discussion of the historical context, translation of representative sections of the text, and comparison with other necromantic texts of the late Middle Ages." "Like many medieval texts for the use of magicians, it is a miscellany rather than a systematic treatise. It is exceptional, however, in the scope and variety of its contents - prayers and conjurations, rituals of sympathetic magic, procedures involving astral magic, a catalogue of spirits, lengthy ceremonies for consecrating a book of magic, and other materials."--Jacket.

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