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The Resource Magic in the Middle Ages, Richard Kieckhefer

Magic in the Middle Ages, Richard Kieckhefer

Label
Magic in the Middle Ages
Title
Magic in the Middle Ages
Statement of responsibility
Richard Kieckhefer
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 the fiction of medieval literature, and how the persecution of magic and witchcraft led to changes in the law. The chapter on necromancy is the most original, based largely on unpublished manuscripts and arguing for a new interpretation of the material.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."--Publisher description
Member of
Cataloging source
BDS
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Kieckhefer, Richard
Index
no index present
LC call number
BF1593
LC item number
.K53 1989
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Canto
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Magic
Label
Magic in the Middle Ages, Richard Kieckhefer
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: 1989
Bibliography note
  • Includes index
  • Bibliography
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: magic as a crossroads -- 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
Control code
990521785766
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
219 p.
Isbn
9780521785761
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Magic in the Middle Ages, Richard Kieckhefer
Publication
Note
Originally published: 1989
Bibliography note
  • Includes index
  • Bibliography
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: magic as a crossroads -- 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
Control code
990521785766
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
219 p.
Isbn
9780521785761
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.

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