Magic in the Middle Ages / Edition 1

Magic in the Middle Ages / Edition 1

by Richard Kieckhefer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521312027

ISBN-13: 9780521312028

Pub. Date: 11/30/1989

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

How was magic practiced in medieval times? How did it relate to the diverse beliefs and practices that characterized this fascinating period? Richard Kieckhefer surveys the growth and development of magic in medieval times. He examines its relation to religion, science, philosophy, art, literature and politics before introducing us to the different types of magic, the

Overview

How was magic practiced in medieval times? How did it relate to the diverse beliefs and practices that characterized this fascinating period? Richard Kieckhefer surveys the growth and development of magic in medieval times. He examines its relation to religion, science, philosophy, art, literature and politics before introducing us to the different types of magic, the kinds of people who practiced magic, and the reasoning behind their beliefs. This book places magic at the crossroads of medieval culture, shedding light on many other aspects of life in the Middle Ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521312028
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/1989
Series:
Cambridge Medieval Textbooks Series
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; 1. Introduction: magic as a crossroads; 2. The classical inheritance; 3. The twilight of paganism: magic in Norse and Irish culture; 4. The common tradition of medieval magic; 5. The romance of magic in courtly culture; 6. Arabic learning and the occult sciences; 7. Necromancy in the clerical underworld; 8. Prohibition, condemnation, and prosecution; Further reading; Index.

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