Synopses & Reviews
How was magic practiced in medieval times? How did it relate to the diverse beliefs and practices that characterized this fascinating period? 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, the kinds of people who practiced magic, and the reasoning behind their beliefs. This book places magic at the crossroads of medieval culture, shedding light on many other aspects of life in the Middle Ages.
A fascinating study of natural and demonic magic within the broad context of medieval culture.
A study of natural and demonic magic within the broad context of medieval culture.
Magic in the Middle Ages is a fascinating and wide-ranging study of natural and demonic magic within the broad context of medieval culture. It investigates the way that magic relates to the many other cultural forms of the time, in particular religion and science, literature and art.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 202-213) and index.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Preface; 1. Introduction: magic as a crossroads; 2. The classical inheritance; 3. The twilight of paganism: magic in Norse and Irish culture; 4. The common tradition of medieval magic; 5. The romance of magic in courtly culture; 6. Arabic learning and the occult sciences; 7. Necromancy in the clerical underworld; 8. Prohibition, condemnation, and prosecution; Further reading; Index.