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Witchcraft and magic in Europe : the Middle Ages
Jolly, Karen Louise.
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Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2002]

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xiv, 280 pages ; 24 cm.
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"First published 2001 by The Athlone Press"--T.p. verso.
Medieval magic : definitions, beliefs, practices / Karen Jolly -- Trolldómr in early medieval Scandinavia / Catharina Raudvere -- The medieval church and state on superstition, magic and witchcraft : from Augustine to the sixteenth century / Edward Peters.

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During the Middle Ages a shared European concept of magic emerged. In the early period, pagan beliefs and practices were absorbed into everyday culture, including the rituals of the Church. The rise of the practice of "white magic" in the twelfth century became so popular that it caused a widespread determination in the Church to condemn any unsanctioned beliefs or practices. The Church and state, both centralized powers in a decentralized Europe, gradually sharpened their attitude toward magic in general, and sorcery and witchcraft in particular, paving the way for the violent outbreaks of witch persecutions in early modern Europe.

Witchcraft and Magic in Europe combines the traditional approaches of political, legal, and social historians with a critical synthesis of cultural anthropology, historical psychology, and gender studies. The series, complete in six volumes, provides a modern, scholarly survey of the supernatural beliefs of Europeans from ancient times to the present day. Each volume of this ambitious six-volume series contains the work of distinguished scholars chosen for their expertise in a particular era or region.

Author Notes

Bengt Ankarloo is Professor of History at Lund University, Sweden. Stuart Clark is Professor of History at the University of Wales, Swansea.

Table of Contents

Medieval Magic: Definitions, Beliefs, PracticesKaren Jolly
Trolldomr: Witchcraft in Ancient ScandinaviaCatharina Raudvere
The Medieval Church and State on Superstition, Magic, and Witchcraft: From Augustine to the Sixteenth CenturyEdward Peters