About the Course
Magical thought has always attracted human imagination. In this course we will introduce you to the Middle Ages through a wide conception of magic. Students will have an approach to medieval culture, beliefs and practices from the perspective of History and History of Science.
Popular magic, as well as learned magic (alchemy, geomancy and necromancy) will be addressed. Moreover, we will also deal with how eastern practices and texts influenced western culture. In July 2016, the course will contain a brand-new module devoted to astrology.
Skills you will gain
- Middle East
At the end of the course, the students:
- will have overcome the usual prejudices about the Middle Ages,
- will be able to analyze historical documentation from the Middle Ages and recognize the most common patterns of juridical documents regarding witchcraft, and
- will be capable of distinguishing between popular magic and the magic of the learned people; will have a notion of which spiritual practices were allowed in medieval Europe and which ones were related to the devil, and will be aware of the link between a cultural product and the society that produced it.
- Week 1: Introduction to medieval magic (Pau Castell)
- Week 2: Magic & Heresy (Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel).
- Week 3: From Magic to Witchcraft (Pau Castell).
- Week 4: Magic in Islam (Godefroid de Callataÿ and Sébastien Moureau).
- Week 5: Astrology & Geomancy (Theo Loinaz, Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel, Godefroid de Callataÿ and Blanca Villuendas).
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