Invoking Angels: Theurgic Ideas and Practices, Thirteenth to by Claire Fanger

By Claire Fanger

Invoking Angels brings jointly a tightly themed selection of essays on overdue medieval and early smooth texts involved in the function of angels within the cosmos, concentrating on angelic rituals and non secular cosmologies. jointly, those essays tie medieval angel magic texts extra sincerely to medieval faith and to the better-known author-magicians of the early smooth interval. within the technique of rearticulating the knowledge of Christian angel magic, participants study the locations the place an intersection of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic principles will be pointed out. other than the editor, the individuals are Harvey J. Hames, Frank Klaassen, Katelyn Mesler, Sophie web page, Jan R. Veenstra, Julien Véronèse, Nicolas Weill-Parot, and Elliot R. Wolfson.

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In fact, it is not indispensable to someone who already possesses the Flores aurei and the figures accompany­ ing it; its absence would in no way hinder the appropriate progress of the oper­ ation. Nevertheless, this short treatise (the evolution of which is mythically as well as historically ulterior to the notary art)33 has considerable importance. " 36 Even if it lays claim to its own autonomy, however, it is not less well integrated into the treatise as a whole for that reason. 37 The Ars nova undeniably has an ambiguous position.

38. See "Humphrey Gilbert:' in Complete Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Boston: Hough­ too Miffl in, 1922), 105. , 1896). Two works of speculative fiction based on Gilbert are cited in the Wikipedia article devoted to him: The Gate of Time, by Philip Jose the Abyss, by Stuart Gordon (1983). 39. An exception is David B. Quinn, Explorers and Colonies: America, 1500-1625 (London: Ham­ Farmer (1966), and Fire in bledon, 1990), 205-6, but Quinn's remarks remain brief and general. Klaassen is the first specialist in manuscripts of magic to make a detailed study of this manuscript.

Hie est liber quo natura corporal is et visibilis cum incorporali et invisibili alloqui, racio­ nar et instrui potest:' From Liber iuratus Honorii: A Critical Edition of the Latin Version of the Sworn Book of Honorius, ed. Gosta Hedegard (Stockholm: Almqvist &Wiksell, 2002), §CXLI, p. 150. Unless otherwise indicated, all translations are my own. 2. Claire Fanger, "Medieval Ritual Magic: What It Is and Why We Need to Know More About It;' in Conjuring Spirits: Texts and Traditions ofMedieval Ritual Magic, ed.

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