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Author Kieckhefer, Richard, author.

Title Magic in the Middle Ages / Richard Kieckhefer.

Publication Info. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  133 KIECKHEFER    Check Shelf
Edition Second edition.
Description xv, 219 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Series Canto classics
Canto classics.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 202-213) and index.
Contents Introduction: magic as a crossroad -- The classical inheritance -- The twilight of paganism: magic in Norse and Irish culture -- The common tradition of Medieval magic -- The romance of magic in courtly culture -- Arabic learning and the occult sciences -- Necromancy in the clerical underworld -- Prohibition, condemnation, and prosecution.
Summary "How was magic practised in medieval times? How did it relate to the diverse beliefs and practices that characterised this fascinating period? In Magic in the Middle Ages 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 that were used, the kinds of people who practised magic, and the reasoning behind their beliefs. In addition, he shows how magic served as a point of contact between the popular and elite classes, how the reality of magical beliefs is reflected in the fiction of medieval literature, and how the persecution of magic and witchcraft led to changes in the law. This 2000 book places magic at the crossroads of medieval culture, shedding light on many other aspects of life in the middle ages." --Publisher's description.
Subject Magic -- Europe -- History.
Magic -- history. (DNLM)D008273Q000266
History, Medieval. (DNLM)D049691
Europe. (DNLM)D005060
Magic. (OCoLC)fst01005468
Europe. (OCoLC)fst01245064
Magic -- History. -- Europe.
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781107431829 (pbk.)
1107431824 (pbk.)
9781107710733 (electronic bk.)
1107710731 (electronic bk.)
9781316121924 (electronic bk.)
1316121925 (electronic bk.)
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