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ISBN 9781472447302
Published January 14, 2019 by Routledge
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Book Description

The Routledge History of Medieval Magic brings together the work of scholars from across Europe and North America to provide extensive insights into recent developments in the study of medieval magic between c.1100 and c.1500.





This book covers a wide range of topics, including the magical texts which circulated in medieval Europe, the attitudes of intellectuals and churchmen to magic, the ways in which magic intersected with other aspects of medieval culture, and the early witch trials of the fifteenth century. In doing so, it offers the reader a detailed look at the impact that magic had within medieval society, such as its relationship to gender roles, natural philosophy, and courtly culture. This is furthered by the book’s interdisciplinary approach, containing chapters dedicated to archaeology, literature, music, and visual culture, as well as texts and manuscripts.





The Routledge History of Medieval Magic also outlines how research on this subject could develop in the future, highlighting under-explored subjects, unpublished sources, and new approaches to the topic. It is the ideal book for both established scholars and students of medieval magic.

Table of Contents



Introduction



Sophie Page and Catherine Rider



Part I: Conceptualizing magic



1 Rethinking how to define magic



Richard Kieckhefer



2 For magic: Against method



Claire Fanger



3 A discourse historical approach towards medieval



learned magic



Bernd-Christian Otto



4 The concept of magic



David. L. d’Avray



5 Responses



Richard Kieckhefer, David. L. d’Avray, Bernd-Christian Ott o, and Claire Fanger



Part I I: Languages and dissemination



6 Arabic magic: The impetus for translating texts and their



reception



Charles Burnett



7 The Latin encounter with Hebrew magic: Problems



and approaches



Katelyn Mesler



8 Magic in Romance languages



Sebastia Giralt



9 Central and Eastern Europe



Benedek Lang



10 Magic in Celtic lands



Mark Williams



11 Scandinavia



Stephen A. Mitchell



Part I I I: Key genres and figures



12 From Hermetic magic to the magic of marvels



Antonella Sannino



13 The notion of properties: Tensions between



Scientia and Ars in medieval natural philosophy



and magic



Isabelle Draelants



14 Solomonic magic



Julien Veronese



15 Necromancy



Frank Klaassen



16 John of Morigny



Claire Fanger and Nicholas Watson



17 Cecco d’Ascoli and Antonio da Montolmo: The building



of a “nigromantical” cosmology and the birth of the



author-magician



Nicolas Weill-Parot



18 Beringarius Ganellus and the Summa sacre magice: Magic



as the promotion of God’s Kingship



Damaris Aschera Gehr



19 Jerome Torrella and “Astrological Images”



Nicolas Weill-Parot



20 Peter of Zealand



Jean-Marc Mandosio



Part IV: Themes (magic and…)



21 Magic and natural philosophy



St even P. Marrone



22 Medicine and magic



Peter Murray Jones and Lea T. Olsan



23 Illusion



Robert Goulding



24 Magic at court



Jean-Patrice Boudet



25 Magic and gender



Catherine Rider



26 Magic in literature: Romance transformations



Corinne Saunders



27 Music



John Haines



28 Magic and archaeology: Ritual residues and



“odd” deposits



Roberta Gilchrist



29 The visual culture of magic in the Middle Ages



Alejandro Garcia Aviles



30 Medieval magical figures: Between image and text



Sophie Page



Part V: Anti-magical discourse in the later Middle Ages



31 Scholasticism and high medieval opposition to magic



David J. Collins



32 Pastoral literature and preaching



Kathleen Kamerick



33 Superstition and sorcery



Michael D. Bailey



34 Witchcraft



Mart ine Ostorero



35 Epilogue: Cosmology and magic – The angel of Mars<

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Author(s)

Biography

Sophie Page is an Associate Professor in Late Medieval History at UCL. She is working on medieval magic and astrology, especially in relation to religion, natural philosophy, medicine, and cosmology.





Catherine Rider is an Associate Professor in Medieval History at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on the history of magic in the later Middle Ages, looking especially at the relationship between magic and the medieval church.

Reviews

"The breadth of this volume – geographical, linguistic, chronological and disciplinary – is a

huge feat, and The Routledge History of Medieval Magic is an important addition to existing

scholarship. The sections entitled ‘Future directions’ are perhaps the book’s most important

component, providing a way forward for future research in a field that offers so much, standing as

it does, in the words of Kieckhefer, at a ‘kind of crossroads where different pathways in medieval

culture converge’." Joanne Edge Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies