The Occult in Medieval Europe 500-1500
ISBN: 1403902895
EAN13: 9781403902894
Language: English
Pages: 264
Edition: 2005
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback

The Occult in Medieval Europe 500-1500

Book Overview
The medieval period is often seen as an age of superstition. This study challenges this assumption, offering students a varied collection of documents--many of which appear in English for the first time--surveying what people throughout Europe actually thought and believed about the occult sciences at the time. The various branches of magic, divination, astrology and alchemy which helped people to make sense of their world are presented through translated extracts from religious, legal, medical and scientific documents.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover Of all the epithets popularly attached to the Middle Ages, 'superstitious' is perhaps the most common and most misleading. The eighteenth-century view that the era was represented by the Catholic Church and therefore backward and 'dark', in contrast to their own times which were forward-looking, rational and 'scientific', has created a myth which successive centuries have perpetuated. This fascinating study challenges the assumption that the medieval period was an age of superstition, offering students a varied collection of documents surveying what people throughout Europe actually thought and believed about the occult sciences at the time. Using translated extracts - many of which appear in English for the first time - from religious, legal, medical and scientific documents, P. G. Maxwell-Stuart presents and explores the various branches of magic, divination, astrology and alchemy which helped people to make sense of their world.