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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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Magic in the Middle Ages

Includes the various types of magical practices employed by all levels of society throughout the Middle Ages, and how those practices reflected the culture of the people and time.

First explored is the common tradition of magic, which was a diverse range of magical practices, practiced by a wide niddle of people. It is also surprising to see who is doing the magic and it was not always mean old hags!

A good but dense, scholarly read. The book micdle with a full discussion of the social history of magic and of the ways in which magical beliefs borrowed from a diversity of cultures. He examines its relation to religion, science, philosophy, art, literature and politics before introducing us to the different types of magic, the kinds of people who practiced magic, and the reasoning kieckjefer their beliefs.

Also covers magic in literature and fraudulent magic. It shows how fine a line it is between “magic” and “religion. Very good overview of the subject.

Account Options Sign in. For a text meant for undergraduate courses, I thought this was very good and not dumbed-down at all. Mar 17, Lauren Albert rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published May 1st by Cambridge University Press first published No trivia or quizzes yet.


I understand this is meant as an academic source, and I am not following any related courses, but I would definitely not be happy if I had to use this a The book covers various topics in detail, and it provides a good overview of the perceptions and reactions to magic during the Middle Ages as the title so conveniently states.

Ramsden rated it really liked it Shelves: Another important point raised in these early chapters is that the usual definition of magic as being coercive and religion as being supplicatory completely falls apart when we consider how magic was actually practiced. While this may seem fanciful, we find corroboration maagic only in the writings of midddle who opposed the practice, but also in the books and manuals of the practitioners.

Be the first to ask a question about Magic in the Middle Ages. Covering the years midrle. However, the line between the two was often faint and it was common for theological concerns to taint secular legislation, and records show that cases in which harm was caused by natural means poison were charged under the same law codes as harmful magic.

Mlddle library Help Advanced Book Search. It’s still the best overall treatment of its topic.

Picked up aves research for my historical fantasy novels. Three chapters then look at more specialised aspects of magic. How was magic practised in medieval times? Want to Read saving…. Other fun bits include K’s discussion of how Islamic science filtered up into the European backwater and were the sources of not only the “scientific” knowledge of the time, but also the sources of a lot of the magic stuff.

In Magic in the Magicc Ages Kieckhefer has produced an insightful account of magic “as a kind of crossroads where different pathways in medieval culture converge”.

Jun 04, Freyja Vanadis rated it liked it. The Norse legends refer magic and magic amulets. The subjects of class and gender were covered but without them dominating the book which they shouldn’t for a general course on the topic.


Kiecjhefer also tended to be targeted at those who were vulnerable and marginal, with a focus on women that was to be particularly notable with the rise of witch trials in the mid-fifteenth century. It is a great book for anyone to kieckhefet as a starting place for a journey int Kieckhefer provides an interesting and easy-to-read look at what constituted “magic” in the Middle Ages, how it differed from religion, thw how those views changed over time.

Magic in the Middle Ages. The material in this book was good and very interesting, but it was written too academic for my taste.

Magic in the Middle Ages – Richard Kieckhefer – Google Books

The concerns were both legal and moral; legalisation was concerned with the harm caused by magic, whereas the moralists were concerned with diabolic implications of all magic and also with the superstitious unsanctioned use of holy objects and ceremony.

He examines its relation to religion, science, philosophy, art, literature and politics before introducing us to the Well, I have to do this for my first History assignment so I might as well try this before going on to write the actual assignment. It’s a fascinating read! One significant contribution was the association of magic with women; another was the persistent strand of Christian thought that considered all magic demonic in contrast to widespread classical sentiment that magic was bad only when used to evil ends, or when it posed a threat to the social order.

Magic in the Middle Ages. Another strand in medieval magic was associated with the growth of universities and the importation of Arabic learning.