The Routledge History of Medieval Magic brings together the work of scholars from across Europe and North America to provide extensive insights into recent developments in the study of medieval magic between c.1100 and c.1500.

This book covers a wide range of topics, including the magical texts which circulated in medieval Europe, the attitudes of intellectuals and churchmen to magic, the ways in which magic intersected with other aspects of medieval culture, and the early witch trials of the fifteenth century. In doing so, it offers the reader a detailed look at the impact that magic had within medieval society, such as its relationship to gender roles, natural philosophy, and courtly culture. This is furthered by the book’s interdisciplinary approach, containing chapters dedicated to archaeology, literature, music, and visual culture, as well as texts and manuscripts.

The Routledge History of Medieval Magic also outlines how research on this subject could develop in the future, highlighting under-explored subjects, unpublished sources, and new approaches to the topic. It is the ideal book for both established scholars and students of medieval magic.

chapter |12 pages


BySophie Page, Catherine Rider

part Part I|55 pages

Conceptualizing magic

chapter 1|13 pages

Rethinking how to define magic

ByRichard Kieckhefer

chapter 2|11 pages

For magic

Against method
ByClaire Fanger

chapter 3|11 pages

A discourse historical approach towards medieval learned magic

ByBernd-Christian Otto

chapter 4|9 pages

The concept of magic

ByDavid L. d’Avray

chapter 5|11 pages


ByRichard Kieckhefer, David L. d’Avray, Bernd-Christian Otto, Claire Fanger

part Part II|81 pages

Languages and dissemination

chapter 6|16 pages

Arabic magic

The impetus for translating texts and their reception
ByCharles Burnett

chapter 7|14 pages

The Latin encounter with Hebrew magic

Problems and approaches
ByKatelyn Mesler

chapter 8|13 pages

Magic in Romance languages

BySebastià Giralt

chapter 9|11 pages

Central and Eastern Europe

ByBenedek Láng

chapter 10|13 pages

Magic in Celtic lands

ByMark Williams

chapter 11|14 pages


ByStephen A. Mitchell

part Part III|133 pages

Key genres and figures

chapter 12|18 pages

From Hermetic magic to the magic of marvels

ByAntonella Sannino

chapter 13|18 pages

The notion of properties

Tensions between Scientia and Ars in medieval natural philosophy and magic
ByIsabelle Draelants

chapter 14|14 pages

Solomonic magic

ByJulien Véronèse

chapter 15|11 pages


ByFrank Klaassen

chapter 16|13 pages

John of Morigny

ByClaire Fanger, Nicholas Watson

chapter 17|12 pages

Cecco d’Ascoli and Antonio da Montolmo

The building of a “nigromantical” cosmology and the birth of the author-magician
ByNicolas Weill-Parot

chapter 18|17 pages

Beringarius Ganellus and the Summa sacre magice

Magic as the promotion of God’s Kingship
ByDamaris Aschera Gehr

chapter 19|14 pages

Jerome Torrella and “Astrological Images”

ByNicolas Weill-Parot

chapter 20|16 pages

Peter of Zealand

ByJean-Marc Mandosio

part Part IV|173 pages

Themes (magic and…)

chapter 21|14 pages

Magic and natural philosophy

BySteven P. Marrone

chapter 22|13 pages

Medicine and magic

ByPeter Murray Jones, Lea T. Olsan

chapter 23|19 pages


ByRobert Goulding

chapter 24|12 pages

Magic at court

ByJean-Patrice Boudet

chapter 25|12 pages

Magic and gender

ByCatherine Rider

chapter 26|16 pages

Magic in literature

Romance transformations
ByCorinne Saunders

chapter 27|12 pages


ByJohn Haines

chapter 28|19 pages

Magic and archaeology

Ritual residues and “odd” deposits
ByRoberta Gilchrist

chapter 29|30 pages

The visual culture of magic in the Middle Ages

ByAlejandro García Avilés

chapter 30|26 pages

Medieval magical figures

Between image and text
BySophie Page

part Part V|74 pages

Anti-magical discourse in the later Middle Ages

chapter 31|16 pages

Scholasticism and high medieval opposition to magic

ByDavid J. Collins

chapter 32|12 pages

Pastoral literature and preaching

ByKathleen Kamerick

chapter 33|15 pages

Superstition and sorcery

ByMichael D. Bailey

chapter 34|21 pages


ByMartine Ostorero

chapter 35|10 pages


Cosmology and magic – The angel of Mars in the Libro de astromagia*
ByAlejandro García Avilés