Conjuring Spirits: Texts and Traditions of Medieval Ritual Magic

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Overview

Conjuring Spirits contains both general surveys and analyses of magical texts and manuscripts by distinguished scholars in a variety of disciplines. Included are chapters by Richard Kieckhefer and Robert Mathiesen on the "Sworn Book of Honorius," Michael Camille on the Ars Notoria, John B. Friedman on the Secretum Philosophorum, Nicholas Watson on the McMaster text, and Elizabeth Wade on Lullian divination. The work also includes Juris Lidaka's edition of the Liber de Angelis, and an overview of late medieval English ritual manuscripts by Frank Klaassen. This book will be invaluable for scholars and other readers interested in ritual magic in the later middle ages.
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Although when most people think of magic they think of demonic magic or necromancy, the nine chapters in this volume mainly examine texts of angelic magic, along with their connections to Christian mysticism and other traditions. Widely practiced in medieval Europe, ritual magic's intellectual legacy remains in such texts as the , , and the . Topics discussed include: the Jewish influence on Christian magic, an art historian's perspective on the images of ritual practice, the relationship of astrology and magic, and comparative examinations of different texts. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271025179
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2004
  • Series: Magic in History
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Fanger is a visiting faculty member at the University of Western Ontario. She is the co-editor of The Latin Verses in the "Confessio Amantis" (1991).

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