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Magic and medieval society

Lawrence-Mathers, A. and Escobar-Vargas, C. (2014) Magic and medieval society. Seminar studies. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415739283

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Abstract/Summary

Magic and Medieval Society presents a thematic approach to the topic of magic and sorcery in western Europe between the eleventh and the fifteenth centuries. It aims to provide readers with the conceptual and documentary tools to reach informed conclusions as to the existence, nature, importance and uses of magic in medieval society. Contrary to some previous approaches, this book argues that magic was inextricably connected to other areas of cultural practice and was found across medieval society: at medieval courts; at universities; and within the Church itself. The book also puts forward the argument that the witch craze was not a medieval phenomenon but rather the product of the Renaissance and the Reformation, and demonstrates how the components for the early-modern persecution of witches were put into place.

Item Type:Book
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS)
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > History
ID Code:37672
Publisher:Routledge
Publisher Statement:The publisher requires written permission to be sought before any part of the book is reproduced or made available in any form whatsoever.

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