Binding Words: Textual Amulets in the Middle Ages

Binding Words: Textual Amulets in the Middle Ages

by Don C. Skemer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271027234
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Series: Magic in History
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Don C. Skemer is Curator of Manuscripts in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University's Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library.

Table of Contents


List of Plates


1. Christian Doctrine and Practice

2. The Magical Efficacy of Words

3. Methods of Production and Use

4. General Protection and Specific Benefits

5. Textual Amulets for Women


Appendix 1: The Canterbury Amulet, mid-thirteenth century (Canterbury Cathedral Library, Additional MS 23)

Appendix 2: French or Burgundian Amulet Roll, early fifteenth century (private collection)

Appendix 3: Italian Amulet, late fifteenth century (Princeton University Library, John Hinsdale Scheide Collection, no. 7923).

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