Medieval Magic - Scholastic Analysis of Magic and Necromancy in the Middle Ages


Scholasticism was the greatest intellectual movement of the Middle Ages. In this episode of Esoterica we explore the attitudes of medieval philosophers, theologians and scientists concerning magic. From Augustine where magic is a demonic deception to the rise of natural magic and medieval necromancy we will see that just beneath the surface there is a great deal of subtlety among these thinkers. Further, we will also notice that necromancy and black magic are always at the edges acceptable theory and practice.

Recommended Readings:

Kieckhefer - Magic in the Middle Ages - 978-1107431829
Thorndike - History of Magic and Experimental Science vol. 2
Magic in History Series - Penn State

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