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Invoking Angels

Theurgic Ideas and Practices, Thirteenth to Sixteenth Centuries Edited by Claire Fanger
  • Copyright: 2012
  • Dimensions: 6 x 9
  • Page Count: 408 pages
  • Illustrations: 5 b&w illustrations
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-271-05142-0
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-271-05143-7
  • Series Name: Magic in History
Invoking Angels makes an important contribution to the growing scholarly literature on medieval and early modern ritual magic.”

Invoking Angels brings together a tightly themed collection of essays on late medieval and early modern texts concerned with the role of angels in the cosmos, focusing on angelic rituals and spiritual cosmologies. Collectively, these essays tie medieval angel magic texts more clearly to medieval religion and to the better-known author-magicians of the early modern period. In the process of rearticulating the understanding of Christian angel magic, contributors examine the places where an intersection of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic ideas can be identified.

Aside from the editor, the contributors are Harvey J. Hames, Frank Klaassen, Katelyn Mesler, Sophie Page, Jan R. Veenstra, Julien Véronèse, Nicolas Weill-Parot, and Elliot R. Wolfson.

Claire Fanger is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. She is the editor of Conjuring Spirits: Texts and Traditions of Medieval Ritual Magic (Penn State, 1998).



Introduction: Theurgy, Magic, and Mysticism

Claire Fanger

I. Texts of the Thirteenth and Early Fourteenth Centuries

1 Magic, Theurgy, and Spirituality in the Medieval Ritual of the Ars notoria

Julien Véronèse (English translation by Claire Fanger)

2 Uplifting Souls: The Liber de essentia spirituum and the Liber Razielis

Sophie Page

3 The Liber iuratus Honorii and the Christian Reception of Angel Magic

Katelyn Mesler

4 Honorius and the Sigil of God: The Liber iuratus in Berengario Ganell’s Summa sacre magice

Jan R. Veenstra

5 Covenant and the Divine Name: Revisiting the Liber iuratus and John of Morigny’s Liber florum

Claire Fanger

II. Late Fourteenth- Through Sixteenth-Century Texts

6 Antonio da Montolmo’s De occultis et manifestis or Liber intelligentiarum: An Annotated Critical Edition with English Translation and Introduction

Nicolas Weill-Parot (in collaboration with Julien Véronèse)

7 Between the March of Ancona and Florence: Jewish Magic and a Christian Text

Harvey J. Hames

8 Language, Secrecy, and the Mysteries of Law: Theurgy and the Christian Kabbalah of Johannes Reuchlin

Elliot R. Wolfson

9 Ritual Invocation and Early Modern Science: The Skrying Experiments of Humphrey Gilbert

Frank Klaassen

Selected Bibliography


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