Magic in the Middle Ages

ISBN-10: 0521785766
ISBN-13: 9780521785761
Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)
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Description: How was magic practised in medieval times? How did it relate to the beliefs and practices of this period? This study surveys the growth and development of magic, examining its relation to religion, science, philosophy, art, literature and politics.

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List price: $26.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

How was magic practised in medieval times? How did it relate to the beliefs and practices of this period? This study surveys the growth and development of magic, examining its relation to religion, science, philosophy, art, literature and politics.

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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