1st Edition

The Routledge History of Medieval Magic

By Sophie Page, Catherine Rider Copyright 2019
    568 Pages
    by Routledge

    568 Pages
    by Routledge

    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Magic also outlines how research on this subject could develop in the future, highlighting under-explored subjects, unpublished sources, and new approaches to the topic.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.


    Sophie Page and Catherine Rider

    Part One: 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

    D. L. d’Avray

    5. Responses

    Richard Kieckhefer, D. L. d’Avray, Bernd-Christian Otto and Claire Fanger

    Part Two: 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

    Sebastià Giralt

    9. Central and Eastern Europe

    Benedek Láng

    10. Magic in Celtic Lands

    Mark Williams

    11. Scandinavia

    Stephen A. Mitchell

    Part Three: Key Genres and Figures

    12. From Hermetic Magic to the Magic of Marvels

    Antonella Sannino

    13. The Notion of Properties: A Tension Between Sciencia and Ars in Medieval Natural Philosophy and Magic

    Isabelle Draelants

    14. Solomonic Magic

    Julien Véronèse

    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 Four: Themes (Magic and…)

    21. Magic and Natural Philosophy

    Steven 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 García Avilés

    30. Medieval Magical Figures: Between Image and Text

    Sophie Page

    Part Five: 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

    Martine Ostorero

    35. Epilogue: Cosmology and Magic: the Angel of Mars in the Libro de Astromagia

    Alejandro García Avilés

    36. Further Reading


    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.

    "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