Conjuring Spirits: Texts and Traditions of Medieval Ritual Magic

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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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Editorial Reviews

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“This book is enormously important. Building on his previous work, especially Magic in the Middle Ages (Cambridge, 1989), the author develops his formative insights into the subject of religion and magic in the late Middle Ages and also offers an edition of a truncated, therefore authorless and titleless, fifteenth-century manuscript (in Munich Clm 849) of a magical handbook.”
—Jeffrey Burton Russell, Church History

“This book provides a vivid and detailed picture of medieval magical practice from the inside. With his edition of the Latin text and thorough analysis which accompanies it, Professor Kieckhefer has made accessible the aims, intents, and mentalities of the medieval necromancer.”
—Gillian Pritchard, Medieval History

“Well illustrated throughout and with a very useful bibliography and index, Fanger’s volume adds considerable weight to the need to study magic as part of the broader religious and scientific discoures of the later Middle Ages.”
—Gary K. Waite, Sixteenth Century Journal

“I was captivated . . . by Forbidden Rites, part of an excellent series under the rubric Magic in History; with wonderful wit and succinct contextual insights, Richard Kieckhefer has edited a German wizard’s grimoire, packed with spells for Prospero-like conjurations of phantom banquets and castles in the air, as well as complicated charms, many involving hoopoes, against all manner of ills.”
—Marina Warner, Times Literary Supplement

“Well illustrated throughout and with a very useful bibliography and index, Fanger’s volume adds considerable weight to the need to study magic as part of the broader religious and scientific discoures of the later Middle Ages.”
—Gary K. Waite, Sixteenth Century Journal

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
  • Sales rank: 881,381
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (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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