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Magic and impotence in the Middle Ages

Author: Catherine Rider
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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"Magic and Impotence in the Middle Ages investigates the common medieval belief that magic could cause impotence, focusing particularly on the period 1150-1450. The subject has never been studied in detail before, but there is a surprisingly large amount of information about it in four kinds of source: confessors' manuals; medical compendia that discussed many illnesses; commentaries on canon law; and theological  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Rider
ISBN: 0199282226 9780199282227
OCLC Number: 61228605
Awards: Winner of Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2006.
Description: xiv, 254 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
'My lady knows impious things' : impotence magic in the ancient world --
'What adulterous women do' : the early middle ages, c.800-c.1100 --
Impotence magic enters the academic world, 1100-1190 --
How to bind a man or woman : impotence in the magical texts --
'Everywhere on earth, certain idolatries reign' : pastoral literature, 1200-1400 --
Annulment procedures and frivolous cures : canon law, 1200-1400 --
Necromancers, confessions, and the power of demons : theology, 1220-1400 --
Herbs and magic : medicine, 1240-1400 --
Impotence magic and the rise of witchcraft --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Catherine Rider.
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Investigates the widely held medieval belief that magic could cause sexual dysfunction. This book focuses on the period 1150-1450, and compares sources from four genres: confessors' manuals, medical  Read more...

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