How was magic practised in medieval times? How did it relate to the diverse beliefs and practices that characterised this fascinating period?. How was magic practiced in medieval times? How did it relate to the diverse beliefs and practices that characterized this fascinating period? Richard Kieckhefer. ‘Richard Kieckhefer offers a panoramic view of a very diverse set of problems in his cogently organised and revealing book imaginative and stimulating ‘.
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He also presents how this affected views of “magic” and the cultural, religious, and political issues that kieckhefed. It teaches you the importance of context and it encourages you to appreciate the nuances of history. This book places magic at the crossroads of medieval culture, shedding light on many other aspects of life in the Middle Ages.
Magic in the Middle Ages
His publications include European Witch Trials: Amulets and talismans were natural magic; even if they were holy objects used improperly that was usually considered “superstition” rather than demonic magic. That being said, the material ,iddle well planned out and the book did give me a lot of insight into magic and the middle ages.
I chose to leave 3 stars, as the author is quite knowledgeable and did kieckhefrr excellent job at covering the important topics, but maybe a less “dry” approach would help the book to become what it could be.
Christ and Mary blessing the herbs; 14th century the mandrake root had a sort of personality Here courtly culture was not so different to broader society: Magic had strong connections with healing, at all levels from midwives to physiciansand the preparation of medicines often involved taboos, sympathetic magic, and attention to heavenly bodies.
Often, the aims of practitioners included the control of minds and wills of other people or animals, the creation of various illusions or the divination things normally unknowable, all zges the help of demons. Also how attitudes towards it changed over time – well worth a read!
Magic in the Middle Ages – Richard Kieckhefer – Google Books
Nov 30, Clayton Brannon rated it it was amazing. Described are the basic tenants of Astrology which differ somewhat to modern popular conceptions. Apr 14, Alannah Clarke rated it it was ok Shelves: But one question remains throughout: Feb 29, Scott DeVogelaere rated it it was amazing Shelves: Yet, by the 12th century the definition by Isidore of Seville was a good one; it implied magic as a source of “divination” and enco Christ and Mary blessing the kieckhefef 14th century the mandrake root had a sort of middld It connects natural forces, science, the stars, etc.
Kieckhefer’s prose is clear thd struggles to create a sense of mystique that is so intertwined with the subject matter, despite his many colourful examples of curses, alchemy, necromancy, and the like. It is nonetheless shown that these definitions were not fixed and often the line between them blurred.
For example, burying dead animals at crossroads and reciting prayers to make good, or bad, things happen was commonplace.
Magic in the Middle Ages (Richard Kieckhefer) – book review
Much astrology was entirely non-controversial — the belief that “the stars have influence on earthly persons and objects in ways that are not manifest” was common to Aquinas and Aristotle — but at the other extreme there was astral magic. To ask other readers questions about Magic in the Middle Agesplease sign up.
Overall, this book cleared up a lot of misconceptions that popular culture has passed down over the centuries about those who practiced natural or demonic magic.
Magic in the Middle Ages. It is a pretty long chapter and contains a plethora of examples which I enjoyed. Selected pages Title Page.
This was a bit of background reading for my dissertation, which is on very specific bits of magic in particular Irish texts. This textbook deals with magic, both natural and demonic, within the magif context of medieval culture.
William of Auvergne a theologian and bishop of Paris acknowledged the distinction between natural and demonic magic.
magicc Loads of examples, broad range, agew, more importantly, a couple of pictures to illustrate the passages on magic circles and the likes. An interesting point of difference between the exempla and practice is the use of the circle; in the former, it is seen as protective, whereas in practice it midle actually used to contain inscriptions and other paraphernalia rather than acting as a protective boundary.
It is well written and easy to understand, and there is no agenda. Unfortunately, I found the book quite dry and it was not easy finishing the read. Return to Book Page. For a text meant for undergraduate courses, I thought this was very good and not dumbed-down at all. No trivia or quizzes yet. How did it relate to the diverse beliefs and practices that characterised this fascinating period? Magic in the Middle Ages. His publications include European Witch Trials: A theme underlying much of his research is the way in which communities create and sustain a sense of kicekhefer culture in the face of difference, dissention, and dispute.
Magic in the Middle Ages Camb. For those wondering what flavour of academia they are getting into with this book, it is a dense but very readable undergraduate-level introduction to the topic. The chapter progresses through various topics such as charms, amulets and talismans, sorcery, divination un popular astrology, and trickery.