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The Transformations of Magic: Illicit Learned Magic in the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance – Hardcover First Edition (Magic in History)


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 magic tended to be adapted and reworked.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penn State University Press; 1st edition (December 21, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 280 pages
  • Book is in new unread condition

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