Magic and religion in medieval England

Rider, Catherine

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  • Creator Catherine Rider
  • Format Books
  • Publication London : Reaktion Books, 2012.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (222 p.)
  • ISBNs 9781780230740, 1780230745, 9781299191167, 1299191169
  • OCLC ocn828792916


  • During the Middle Ages, many occult rituals and beliefs existed and were practiced alongside those officially sanctioned by the church. While educated clergy condemned some of these as magic, many of these practices involved religious language, rituals, or objects. For instance, charms recited to cure illnesses invoked God and the saints, and love spells used consecrated substances such as the Eucharist. Magic and Religion in Medieval England explores the entanglement of magical practices and the clergy during the Middle Ages, uncovering how churchmen decided which of these practices


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • English


  • Magic and Religion Cover; Imprint page; Contents; Introduction; 1. Predicting the Future and Healing the Sick: Magic, Science and the Natural Worlds; 2. Charms, Prayers and Prophecies: Magic and Religion; 3. Flying Women, Fairies and Demons; 4. Harm and Protection; 5. Channeling the Stars and Summoning Demons: Magical Texts; 6. Arguing Against Magic; 7. Action Against Magic; Conclusion: Religion and Magic: Medieval England and Beyond; References; Select Bibliography; Acknowledgements; Photo Acknowledgements; Index
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