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Magician, the Witch, and the Law

Magician, the Witch, and the Law - 82 edition

Magician, the Witch, and the Law - 82 edition

ISBN13: 9780812211016

ISBN10: 0812211014

Magician, the Witch, and the Law by Edward Peters - ISBN 9780812211016
Edition: 82
Copyright: 1982
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
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International: No
Magician, the Witch, and the Law by Edward Peters - ISBN 9780812211016

ISBN13: 9780812211016

ISBN10: 0812211014

Edition: 82

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Summary

In the early Middle Ages, magic was considered a practical science, requiring study and skill. But as European society became more articulate and self-conscious, the old tradition of magic as a science became associated with heresy and sorcery. Thereafter the Middle Ages knew no safe, learned magic that was not subject to accusation of diabolism in one form or another, and the magician, like the later witch, could be punished for both spiritual and temporal offenses. Through Peters's analysis of the legal, ecclesiastical, and literary responses to this problem, magic and witchcraft are located more accurately in the cultural context of the time, providing important insight into medieval history.