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Magic in the Middle Ages

Author: Richard Kieckhefer
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989, ©1990.
Series: Cambridge medieval textbooks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This textbook deals with magic, both natural and demonic, within the broad context of medieval culture. Covering the years c. 500 to 1500, with a chapter on antiquity, it invesigates the way magic relates to the many other cultural forms of the time, such as religion and science, literature and art. The book begins with a full discussion of the social history of magic and of the ways in which magical beliefs  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Kieckhefer
ISBN: 0521312027 0521309417 9780521309417 9780521312028 0521785766 9780521785761
OCLC Number: 19670494
Description: x, 219 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: magic as a crossroads --
The classical inheritance --
The twilight of paganism: magic in Norse and Irish culture --
The common tradition of medieval magic --
The romance of magic in courtly culture --
Arabic learning and the occult sciences --
Necromancy in the clerical underworld --
Prohibition, condemnation, and prosecution.
Series Title: Cambridge medieval textbooks.
Responsibility: Richard Kieckhefer.
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Magic in the Middle Ages is a fascinating and wide-ranging 2000 study of natural and demonic magic within the broad context of medieval culture. It investigates the way that magic relates to the many  Read more...

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