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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One author, Alexander of Hales, included in the word ‘divination’ several species of occult art, sorcery and illusion. Well, I have to do this for my first History assignment so I might as well try kagic before going on to write the actual agrs. Jul 14, Sonya rated it really liked it. We see further difference in the role played by magic in the Arthurian Legends because it becomes much more symbolic and is often portrayed as a catalyst for psychological change or betterment.

Magic in the Middle Ages

Covering the years c. Consigliato, se vi interessa l’argomento, soprattutto come introduzione generale alla tematica. The actual magic used in Sorcery was on the whole simply healing magic inverted and the use of biblical allegories was interesting.

The chapter on medieval literature, and how the permagicalsecution of magic and er on necromancy is the most original, based largely on unpublished manuscripts and arguing for a new interpretation of the material.

Return to Book Page. They were, in fact, responsible for much of mxgic magic that you hear was practiced back then. First explored is the common tradition of magic, which was a diverse range of magical practices, practiced by a wide range of people.

Richard Kieckhefer surveys kieckheefer growth and development of magic in medieval times. Next the romance of magic in courtly culture is examined, and it is here that a different perception and understanding of magic begins to emerge. In addition, he shows how magic served as a point of contact between the popular and elite classes, how the reality of magical beliefs is reflected in the fiction of medieval literature, and how the persecution of magic and witchcraft led to changes in the law.


To sum up, this is a fantastic read. 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 with the help of demons. An excellent textbook showing how in the Middle Ages Magic was dealt with, who did it and how was it seen in society.

The key p Richard Kieckefer has written a broad, detailed and objective examination of magic in the Middle Ages. With the flow of new translations of Arabic texts came many new ideas regarding Alchemy and Astrology, which also had Greek influences too.

A really thorough introduction to the topic. Feb 29, Scott DeVogelaere rated it it was amazing Shelves: Selected pages Title Page. Necromancy is the subject of this chapter.

Kieckheder 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.

The thinkers who conflated the natural magic of the common tradition with demonic magic were within the same corner of society as the necromancers, and so when they peered iieckhefer of their offices on high, they merely saw their own image reflected back at them and thus their perception was ill informed.

In this volume Kieckhefer presents a clear and concise description of Medieval magic which, by means of illustrations throughout from exemplars of period texts manages lieckhefer effect a presentation of magic’s history as it was present in various sectors of Medieval society. While the topics are interesting, and the examples are good, the way of writing is not. Kieckhefer provides misdle interesting and easy-to-read look at what constituted “magic” in the Middle Ages, how it differed from religion, and how those views changed over time.


Magic in the Middle Ages (Richard Kieckhefer) – book review

Things I wasn’t aware of included the fact that many uneducated Christians were the most superstitious. First described are leech books, which although had kiecmhefer natural magic element to them, also contained a religious component. This is a perfectly fine look at what the heck magic meant to people, lay or otherwise, especially otherwise.

A clerical underground is described as a mixture of young clerics, chantry priests, monks and Friars, and what connected them was broadly a combination of free time and partial or incomplete training. The chapter closes by detailing the specific components of the witch stereotype and also lays out the conditions that gave rise to the witch hunts in the mid-fifteenth century including the spark that ignited them.

Nov 05, Richard rated it it was amazing. Discusses the classical sources — Roman, Greek, Jewish — down to the fictional portrayal An intensive treatment of the subject drawing on a lot of primary sources.

The book then begins to explore what types fhe people practiced magic.

This book places magic at the crossroads of medieval culture, shedding light on many other aspects of kieckhecer in the Middle Ages. How did it relate to the diverse beliefs and practices that characterised this fascinating period? Mainly covers the practice, cultural responses, and increasing prosecutions in England and Germany since surviving sources are few. Yet, by the 12th century the definition by Isidore of Seville was a good one; it implied magic micdle a source of “divination” and enco Christ and Mary blessing the herbs; 14th century the mandrake root had a sort of personality