Frank klaassens the transformations of magic illicit learned magic in the later middle ages and renaissance avoids this and is the most important history of magic in the last decade klaassen makes a serious intellectual contribution and engages the concerns of historians who study all things natural and supernatural. The transformations of magic illicit and learned magic in the later middle ages and renaissanceby klaassen frankmagic in history university park pa the pennsylvania state university press 2013pp x 280. The transformations of magic illicit learned magic in the later middle ages and renaissance magic in history amazonde frank klaassen fremdsprachige bucher. This book is about illicit learned magic in england and the ways in which it was transformed between 1300 and 1600 it concerns the changes sometimes subtle and sometimes dramatic that took place each time a medieval author scribe or collector set out to understand and practice learned magic and then to copy the associated texts or write new ones. In this original provocative well reasoned and thoroughly documented book frank klaassen proposes that two principal genres of illicit learned magic occur in late medieval manuscripts image magic which could be interpreted and justified in scholastic terms and ritual magic in its extreme form overt necromancy which could not image magic tended to be recopied faithfully ritual
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