The Magician, the Witch, and the Law

Author: Edward Peters

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812211016

Category: History

Page: 218

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"Helps to place our understanding of medieval witchcraft into a broader context. . . . Sheds light on the various genres of literature in which magic was discussed."—Speculum

Magic and the Supernatural in Medieval English Romance

Author: Corinne J. Saunders

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1843842211

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 6728

The themes of magic and the supernatural in medieval romance are here fully explored and put into the context of thinking at the time in this first full study of the subject.

Heresy and Authority in Medieval Europe

Author: Edward Peters

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812206800

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 2881

Throughout the Middle Ages and early modern Europe theological uniformity was synonymous with social cohesion in societies that regarded themselves as bound together at their most fundamental levels by a religion. To maintain a belief in opposition to the orthodoxy was to set oneself in opposition not merely to church and state but to a whole culture in all of its manifestations. From the eleventh century to the fifteenth, however, dissenting movements appeared with greater frequency, attracted more followers, acquired philosophical as well as theological dimensions, and occupied more and more the time and the minds of religious and civil authorities. In the perception of dissent and in the steps taken to deal with it lies the history of medieval heresy and the force it exerted on religious, social, and political communities long after the Middle Ages. In this volume, Edward Peters makes available the most compact and wide-ranging collection of source materials in translation on medieval orthodoxy and heterodoxy in social context.

Magic and Magicians in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Time

The Occult in Pre-Modern Sciences, Medicine, Literature, Religion, and Astrology

Author: Albrecht Classen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 311055772X

Category: History

Page: 767

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There are no clear demarcation lines between magic, astrology, necromancy, medicine, and even sciences in the pre-modern world. Under the umbrella term 'magic,' the contributors to this volume examine a wide range of texts, both literary and religious, both medical and philosophical, in which the topic is discussed from many different perspectives. The fundamental concerns address issue such as how people perceived magic, whether they accepted it and utilized it for their own purposes, and what impact magic might have had on the mental structures of that time. While some papers examine the specific appearance of magicians in literary texts, others analyze the practical application of magic in medical contexts. In addition, this volume includes studies that deal with the rise of the witch craze in the late fifteenth century and then also investigate whether the Weberian notion of disenchantment pertaining to the modern world can be maintained. Magic is, oddly but significantly, still around us and exerts its influence. Focusing on magic in the medieval world thus helps us to shed light on human culture at large.

The Routledge History of Medieval Magic

Author: Sophie Page,Catherine Rider

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317042751

Category: History

Page: 550

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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.

Magic in the Middle Ages

Author: Richard Kieckhefer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521785761

Category: History

Page: 219

View: 4081

A fascinating 2000 study of natural and demonic magic within the broad context of medieval culture.

Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700

A Documentary History

Author: Alan Kors,Alan Charles Kors,Professor of History Alan Charles Kors,Edward Peters

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812217513

Category: History

Page: 451

View: 883

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 2001 The highly-acclaimed first edition of this book chronicled the rise and fall of witchcraft in Europe between the twelfth and the end of the seventeenth centuries. Now greatly expanded, the classic anthology of contemporary texts reexamines the phenomenon of witchcraft, taking into account the remarkable scholarship since the book's publication almost thirty years ago. Spanning the period from 400 to 1700, the second edition of Witchcraft in Europe assembles nearly twice as many primary documents as the first, many newly translated, along with new illustrations that trace the development of witch-beliefs from late Mediterranean antiquity through the Enlightenment. Trial records, inquisitors' reports, eyewitness statements, and witches' confessions, along with striking contemporary illustrations depicting the career of the Devil and his works, testify to the hundreds of years of terror that enslaved an entire continent. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Thomas Hobbes, and other thinkers are quoted at length in order to determine the intellectual, perceptual, and legal processes by which "folklore" was transformed into systematic demonology and persecution. Together with explanatory notes, introductory essays—which have been revised to reflect current research—and a new bibliography, the documents gathered in Witchcraft in Europe vividly illumine the dark side of the European mind.

Limits of Thought and Power in Medieval Europe

Author: Edward Peters

Publisher: Variorum


Category: History

Page: 344

View: 1381

The essays in this volume constitute a series of investigations into the limitations on thought and power as conceived by thinkers in the medieval West and they draw on material ranging from law to literature. The author deals with limits on the human desire for knowledge, the passion with which knowledge could legitimately be pursued, and the propriety of the knowledge sought, as well as the limits that might be tolerable and tolerated in the case of royal incapacity or misbehaviour. One particular focus is the work of Dante Alighieri, and these ideas are traced across a wide range of his thought. Chronologically the essays run from Augustine and the Gnostics through to Shakespeare.

The First Crusade

"The Chronicle of Fulcher of Chartres" and Other Source Materials

Author: Edward Peters

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812204727

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 7587

The First Crusade received its name and shape late. To its contemporaries, the event was a journey and the men who took part in it pilgrims. Only later were those participants dubbed Crusaders—"those signed with the Cross." In fact, many developments with regard to the First Crusade, like the bestowing of the cross and the elaboration of Crusaders' privileges, did not occur until the late twelfth century, almost one hundred years after the event itself. In a greatly expanded second edition, Edward Peters brings together the primary texts that document eleventh-century reform ecclesiology, the appearance of new social groups and their attitudes, the institutional and literary evidence dealing with Holy War and pilgrimage, and, most important, the firsthand experiences by men who participated in the events of 1095-1099. Peters supplements his previous work by including a considerable number of texts not available at the time of the original publication. The new material, which constitutes nearly one-third of the book, consists chiefly of materials from non-Christian sources, especially translations of documents written in Hebrew and Arabic. In addition, Peters has extensively revised and expanded the Introduction to address the most important issues of recent scholarship.

The Death Penalty

An Historical and Theological Survey

Author: James J. Megivern

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 1616437928


Page: N.A

View: 9613

A comprehensive history of the death penalty in the West that provides more material on capital punishment in Western Christian history than is available in any other work in English.

Witchcraft in Europe, 1100-1700

A Documentary History

Author: Alan Charles Kors,Edward Peters

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780812210637

Category: History

Page: 382

View: 9038

In bringing together a rich collection of contemporary accounts of the period, this volume chronicles the rise and fall of the cult of witchcraft that swept through Europe between the 11th and 18th centuries.

The Unorthodox Imagination in Late Medieval Britain

Author: Sophie Page

Publisher: Neale UCL Studies in British History


Category: History

Page: 220

View: 3509

The unorthodox imagination in late medieval Britain explores how medieval people responded to images, stories, beliefs and practices which were at odds with the normative world view, from the heretical and subversive to the marvellous and exotic. The Neale lecture by Jean-Claude Schmitt examines why some unorthodox images were viewed as provocative and threatening and explores how successfully ecclesiastical authorities contained their impact. The power of unorthodoxy to provoke wonder, skepticism or disapproval provides an opportunity to view medieval culture from fresh perspectives. The essays in this volume show that unorthodoxy was embedded in mainstream medieval culture, from stories of fairies and witches which promoted orthodox moral values to the social conformity of practitioners of ritual magic. This book provides a guide to understanding medieval unorthodoxy and the roles played by experience and imagination in medieval encounters with the unorthodox. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in the exotic, provocative and deviant in medieval culture.

Christian Society and the Crusades, 1198-1229

Sources in Translation, including "The Capture of Damietta" by Oliver of Paderborn

Author: Edward Peters

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 081220736X

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 717

During the thirteenth century, the widespread conviction that the Christian lands in Syria and Palestine were of utmost importance to Christendom, and that their loss was a sure sign of God's displeasure with Christian society, pervaded nearly all levels of thought. Yet this same society faced other crises: religious dissent and unorthodox beliefs were proliferating in western Europe, and the powers exercised, or claimed, by the kings of Europe were growing rapidly. The sources presented here illustrate the rising criticism of the changing Crusade idea. They reflect a sharpened awareness among Europeans of themselves as a community of Christians and the slow beginnings of the secular culture and political organization of Europe.

Lovesickness in the Middle Ages

The Viaticum and Its Commentaries

Author: Mary Frances Wack

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 354

View: 8166

Aruges that self-development and independence is not the selfish evil often portrayed. Commitment and interdependence are idealized by many. According to medieval physicians, love-sickness was an illness of mind and body caused by sexual desire and the sight of beauty. Wack offers a comprehensive analysis of the potentially fatal ailment in medieval culture--its forms and meanings in literature, courtly love, the cultural construction of illness, gender issues. The second part of the book contains annotated editions and translations of the Viaticum and its commentaries, studied for centuries in medical schools. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The laws of the Salian Franks

Author: Katherine Fischer Drew

Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr


Category: History

Page: 256

View: 2599

"Makes easily available to legal historians and medievalists alike an important source for social and political no less than legal history."--"American Journal of Legal History"

The French monarchy and the Jews

from Philip Augustus to the last Capetians

Author: William C. Jordan

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 369

View: 6001

Old Norse Myths, Literature and Society

The Proceedings of the 11th International Saga Conference 2-7 July 2000, University of Sydney. Supplement

Author: Geraldine Barnes,Margaret Clunies Ross

Publisher: N.A


Category: Civilization, Medieval, in literature

Page: 589

View: 7674

The Guitar of God

Gender, Power, and Authority in the Visionary World of Mother Juana de La Cruz (1481-1534)

Author: Ronald E. Surtz

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: 171

View: 7756