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Unlocked Books: Manuscripts of Learned Magic in the Medieval Libraries of Central Europe

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During the Middle Ages, the Western world translated the incredible Arabic scientific corpus and imported it into Western culture: Arabic philosophy, optics, and physics, as well as alchemy, astrology, and talismanic magic. The line between the scientific and the magical was blurred. According to popular lore, magicians of the Middle Ages were trained in the art of magic i ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Penn State University Press (first published October 1st 2008)
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Heather Rose
Note: I obtained this book to do research for a historic fantasy novel. My opinions should not necessarily be taken as an academic evaluation.

This book is part of the fascinating and valuable “Magic in History” publications series from Pennsylvania State University Press. (They’re also associated with the Societas Magica group that put on several of my favorite Kalamazoo sessions this year.) Láng’s work focuses on an under-studied topic, comparing and analyzing the contents and context of magica
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Dustin
Very enjoyable look not only at books containing magical procedures, but also their dissemination and reproduction, what can be gleaned about their users, and the libraries and collections in which they resided, all in the Central European context (here defined roughly as modern Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary).
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