Invoking Angels: Theurgic Ideas and Practices, Thirteenth to Sixteenth Centuries (Magic in History)

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Invoking Angels brings together a tightly themed collection of essays on late medieval and early modern texts concerned with the role of angels in the cosmos, focusing on angelic rituals and spiritual cosmologies. Collectively, these essays tie medieval angel magic texts more clearly to medieval religion and to the better-known author-magicians of the early modern period. In the process of rearticulating the understanding of Christian angel magic, contributors examine the places where an intersection of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic ideas can be identified.

Aside from the editor, the contributors are Harvey J. Hames, Frank Klaassen, Katelyn Mesler, Sophie Page, Jan R. Veenstra, Julien Véronèse, Nicolas Weill-Parot, and Elliot R. Wolfson.

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Claire Fanger is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. She is the editor of Conjuring Spirits: Texts and Traditions of Medieval Ritual Magic (Penn State, 1998).

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Invoking Angels makes an important contribution to the growing scholarly literature on medieval and early modern ritual magic.”

—Christopher Lehrich, Boston University



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