INAUGURAL LECTURE - Professor Sophie Page: Entangled Magic in the Medieval Latin West

24 February 2022, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

Entangled Magic in the Medieval Latin West

This event is free.

Event Information

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Helena Vowles-Shorrock – History


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom

Why were medieval magic texts debated by intellectuals and collected by monks, and what new, rich and surprising views of the cosmos did they express?

This talk will introduce listeners to the dynamic history of magic in late medieval Europe. The focus will be on debates between supporters and critics of magic, who were often pondering similar questions about the nature of the universe, the meaning of rituals and what it was acceptable for a good Christian to do. This talk will trace how and why debates changed over time, with some producing categories of acceptable magic while others incited condemnation, censorship, and persecution.

The lecture will take place 18:30-19:30 in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, and will be followed by a drinks reception in the South Cloisters. 

For those who are unable to attend in-person, this event will be live streamed via the UCL Youtube channel via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8Tw_AE6boY

About the Speaker

Professor Sophie Page

at UCL History

Sophie Page is Professor of Medieval History with research interests in magic, science and religion, cosmology and approaches to nature. She is author of Magic in the Cloister (2013), editor of The Unorthodox Imagination in Late Medieval Britain (2011) and co-editor of the Routledge history of Medieval Magic (2019). Sophie was the curator of Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft (Ashmolean Museum, August 2018 –January 2019) and has collaborated with the artists Ackryod&Harvey, Annie Cattrell, Katharine Dowson and Lucy Orta on projects including a film, sculptures and a mask making kit.

More about Professor Sophie Page