Magic and Impotence in the Middle Ages

Magic and Impotence in the Middle Ages

Catherine Rider


Magic and Impotence within the heart Ages investigates the typical medieval trust that magic may cause impotence, focusing rather at the interval 1150-1450. the topic hasn't ever been studied intimately ahead of, yet there's a unusually great amount of data approximately it in 4 types of resource: confessors' manuals; scientific compendia that mentioned many health problems; commentaries on canon legislations; and theological commentaries at the Sentences of Peter Lombard. even though so much historians of medieval tradition concentrate on just one or of those varieties of resource, a broader comparability unearths that medieval writers held strangely assorted reviews approximately what magic was once, the way it labored, and no matter if it was once ever valid to exploit it.

Medieval discussions of magically prompted impotence additionally contain loads of information regarding magical practices, such a lot of that have now not been studied ahead of. specifically, those resources say very much approximately well known magic, a subject matter which has been quite overlooked by means of historians as the proof is scanty and hard to interpret. Magic and Impotence makes new information regarding renowned magic to be had for the 1st time.

Magic and Impotence additionally examines why the authors of felony, clinical, and theological texts have been so drawn to renowned magical practices in terms of impotence. It as a result makes use of magically triggered impotence as a case-study to discover the connection among elite and pop culture. specifically, this learn emphasizes the significance of the thirteenth-century pastoral reform stream, which sought to implement extra orthodox non secular practices. Historians have frequently famous that this flow introduced churchmen into touch with well known ideals, yet this can be the 1st examine to illustrate the profound impact it had on theological and felony principles approximately magic.

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