The Rise of Magic in Early Medieval Europe

The Rise of Magic in Early Medieval Europe This is a study of magic in Western Europe in the early Middle Ages Valerie Flint explores its practice and belief in Christian society and examines the problems raised by so called pagan survivals a

  • Title: The Rise of Magic in Early Medieval Europe
  • Author: Valerie I.J. Flint
  • ISBN: 9780198205227
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a study of magic in Western Europe in the early Middle Ages Valerie Flint explores its practice and belief in Christian society, and examines the problems raised by so called pagan survivals and superstition She unravels the complex processes at work in the early medieval Christian church to show how the rejection of non Christian magic came to be tempered by a mThis is a study of magic in Western Europe in the early Middle Ages Valerie Flint explores its practice and belief in Christian society, and examines the problems raised by so called pagan survivals and superstition She unravels the complex processes at work in the early medieval Christian church to show how the rejection of non Christian magic came to be tempered by a accommodating attitude confrontation was replaced by negotiation, and certain practices previously condemned were not merely accepted, but actively encouraged The forms of magic which were retained, as well as those the Church set out to obliterate, are analyzed The superstitions condemned at the Reformation are shown to be, in origin, rational and intelligent concessions intended to reconcile coexisting cultures.

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    1. (This rating really is more like 3.5--I couldn't give it just a 3, but can't quite justify a full 4.)In general, Flint's study is a detailed and estimable contribution to early medieval practices, ranging across such a variety of issues to be relevant to almost any study of early medieval Christianity. Furthermore, in taking account of the social world, Flint brings medieval mindsets to life in considering the ways in which people need and conceived of magic and miracula. As a major study and ov [...]

    2. Although it is well written and researched; the writing is very dense and academic. The arguments are well thought-out; but it forces the reader to spend a lot of time thinking about the text to make sense of it all.

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