Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


IAS Book Launch: Routledge History of Medieval Magic

26 June 2019, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

Medieval Magic

Edited by Sophie Page (UCL) and Catherine Rider (Exeter)

This event is free.

Event Information

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Sophie Page


IAS Common Ground
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
United Kingdom

The Routledge History of Medieval Magic brings together the work of scholars from across Europe and North America to provide extensive insights into recent developments in the study of medieval magic between c.1100 and c.1500. The book covers a wide range of topics, including the magical texts which circulated in medieval Europe, the attitudes of intellectuals and churchmen to magic, the ways in which magic intersected with other aspects of medieval culture, and the early witch trials of the fifteenth century. In doing so, it offers the reader a detailed look at the impact that magic had within medieval society, such as its relationship to gender roles, natural philosophy, and courtly culture. This is furthered by the book’s interdisciplinary approach, containing chapters dedicated to archaeology, literature, music, and visual culture, as well as texts and manuscripts. The Routledge History of Medieval Magic also outlines how research on this subject could develop in the future, highlighting under-explored subjects, unpublished sources, and new approaches to the topic. The book launch will begin with three responses to the book, followed by a wine reception.

Running order:

  • 16:30-17:30 - Responses to the Routledge History of Medieval Magic - Jennifer Farrell (Exeter), John Sabapathy (UCL), Bill Maclehose (UCL)
  • 17:30 - Wine reception

This book launch is part of a half day workshop on Medieval Magic: Future Directions, if you would like to attend the whole event please see: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/institute-of-advanced-studies/events/2019/jun/medieval-magic-future-directions

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