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by Benedek Láng




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 in “magician schools” located in various metropolitan areas, such as Naples, Athens, and Toledo. It was common knowledge that magic was learned and that cities had schools designed to teach the dark arts. The Spanish city of Toledo, for example, was so renowned for its magic training schools that “the art of Toledo” was synonymous with “the art of magic.” Until Benedek Láng’s work on Unlocked Books, little had been known about the place of magic outside these major cities. A principal aim of Unlocked Books is to situate the role of central Europe as a center for the study of magic.

Láng helps chart for us how the thinkers of that day—clerics, courtiers, and university masters—included in their libraries not only scientific and religious treatises but also texts related to the field of learned magic. These texts were all enlisted to solve life’s questions, whether they related to the outcome of an illness or the meaning of lines on one’s palm. Texts summoned angels or transmitted the recipe for a magic potion. Láng gathers magical texts that could have been used by practitioners in late fifteenth-century central Europe.

Download Unlocked Books: Manuscripts of Learned Magic in the Medieval Libraries of Central Europe (Magic in History) epub
ISBN: 0271033770
ISBN13: 978-0271033778
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Author: Benedek Láng
Language: English
Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Press; 1st edition (November 20, 2008)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1210 kb
FB2 size: 1673 kb
Rating: 4.2
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Lucam
I learned a lot about aspects of European occult history not generally included in other volumes. Well worth the reading and exploration of the voluminous footnotes. Recommended.
Melipra
Hard to overestimate the importance of this book in understanding the culture of late Medieval Europe. Needless to say also of interest to anyone curious about the real origins and basis of so called 'occult' practices from Europe.
Halloween
It is a very valuable research on a wide study field, with some new and useful ideas.