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The magician, the witch, and the law

Author: Edward Peters
Publisher: [Philadelphia] : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1978.
Series: Middle Ages.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing a distinction between medieval "magic" and early modern "witchcraft," Edward Peters argues that early medieval magic was considered a practical science, requiring study and skill. But as European society became more articulate and self-conscious, the old tradition of magic as a science became associated with heresy and sorcery. Thereafter the Middle Ages knew no safe, learned magic that was not subject to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Peters, Edward, 1936-
Magician, the witch, and the law.
[Philadelphia] : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1978
(OCoLC)903667801
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Peters
ISBN: 0812277465 9780812277463 0812211014 9780812211016
OCLC Number: 3892374
Description: xviii, 218 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Magic in Medieval Culture --
The Transformations of the Magus --
Rhetoric and Magic in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries --
Learning and Magic in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries --
The Systematic Condemnation of Magic in the Thirteenth Century --
The Sorcerer's Apprentice --
The Magician, the Witch, and the Law --
Res fragilis: Torture in Early European Law --
Nicholas Eymeric: On Heresy, Magic, and the Inquisitor --
The Magician, the Witch and the Historians.
Series Title: Middle Ages.
Responsibility: Edward Peters.

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"Helps to place our understanding of medieval witchcraft into a broader context. . . . Sheds light on the various genres of literature in which magic was discussed."-Speculum  Read more...

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"Peters teases out of familiar tales of fear and fantasy a real picture of those who, in cell, court, and countryside, offered their sinister services to an increasingly credulous world."-History Read more...

 
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