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Magic in the Middle Ages

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This textbook deals with magic, both natural and demonic, within the broad context of medieval culture. Covering the years c. 500 to 1500, with a chapter on antiquity, it invesigates the way magic relates to the many other cultural forms of the time, such as religion and science, literature and art. The book begins with a full discussion of the social history of magic and of the ways in which magical beliefs borrowed from a diversity of cultures. Thereafter, within a wider study of the growth and development of the phenomenon, the author shows how magic served as a point of contact between the popular and elite classes, how the reality of beliefs is reflected in the fiction witchcraft led to changes in the law. The chapter on medieval literature, and how the permagicalsecution of magic and er on necromancy is the most original, based largely on unpublished manuscripts and arguing for a new interpretation of the material. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach Professor Kieckhefer has taken magic from its cultural isolation and placed it firmly at the crossroads of medieval culture, as a focal point for our understanding of many other aspects of medieval history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521312028
Author:
Kieckhefer, Richard
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge England ;
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Parapsychology - General
Subject:
Magic -- Europe -- History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 202-213.
Series:
Cambridge Medieval Textbooks
Series Volume:
no. 89
Publication Date:
1989
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
230
Dimensions:
8.52x5.43x.47 in. .50 lbs.

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