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Unlocked Books Manuscripts of Learned Magic in the Medieval Libraries of Central Europe

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ISBN-10: 0271033789

ISBN-13: 9780271033785

Edition: 2008

Authors: Benedek L�ng, Benedek L�ng

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During the Middle Ages, the Western world translated the incredible Arabic scientific corpus and imported it into Western culture: Arabic philosophy, optics, and physics, as well as alchemy, astrology, and talismanic magic. The line between the scientific and the magical was blurred. According to popular lore, magicians of the Middle Ages were trained in the art of magic in "magician schools" located in various metropolitan areas, such as Naples, Athens, and Toledo. It was common knowledge that magic was learned and that cities had schools designed to teach the dark arts. The Spanish city of Toledo, for example, was so renowned for its magic training schools that "the art of Toledo" was…    
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Book details

List price: $68.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 7/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.05" wide x 9.03" long x 0.83" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Benedek L�ng is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and History of Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: In Search of Magician Schools
Definitions and Classifications
Texts and Handbooks
Natural Magic
Image Magic
Divination with Diagrams
Ritual Magic and Crystallomancy
Readers and Collectors
Magic in the Clerical Context
Magic in the Courtly Context
Magic in the University Context
Conclusion: Seven Questions
Epilogue: When Central Europe Was Finally Close to Becoming a Center for Magical Studies
Selected Bibliography
Description of Selected Manuscripts