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Conjuring Spirits

Texts and Traditions of Medieval Ritual Magic Edited by Claire Fanger
  • Publish Date: 7/7/1998
  • Dimensions: 6.125 x 9.25
  • Page Count: 308 pages
  • Illustrations: 26 illustrations
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-271-01862-1
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-271-02517-9
  • Series Name: Magic in History

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“Well illustrated throughout and with a very useful bibliography and index, Fanger’s volume adds considerable weight to the need to study magic as part of the broader religious and scientific discoures of the later Middle Ages.”

Conjuring Spirits contains both general surveys and analyses of magical texts and manuscripts by distinguished scholars in a variety of disciplines. Included are chapters by Richard Kieckhefer and Robert Mathiesen on the Sworn Book of Honorius, Michael Camille on the Ars Notoria, John B. Friedman on the Secretum Philosophorum, Nicholas Watson on the McMaster text, and Elizabeth Wade on Lullian divination. The work also includes Juris Lidaka's edition of the Liber de Angelis, and an overview of late medieval English ritual manuscripts by Frank Klaassen. This book will be invaluable for scholars and other readers interested in ritual magic in the later Middle Ages.

Claire Fanger is a visiting faculty member at the University of Western Ontario. She is the co-editor of The Latin Verses in the "Confessio Amantis" (1991).

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