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The Resource Witchcraft and magic in the Nordic Middle Ages, Stephen A. Mitchell

Witchcraft and magic in the Nordic Middle Ages, Stephen A. Mitchell

Label
Witchcraft and magic in the Nordic Middle Ages
Title
Witchcraft and magic in the Nordic Middle Ages
Statement of responsibility
Stephen A. Mitchell
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Stephen A. Mitchell here offers the fullest examination available of witchcraft in late medieval Scandinavia. He focuses on those people believed to be able--and who in some instances thought themselves able--to manipulate the world around them through magical practices, and on the responses to these beliefs in the legal, literary, and popular cultures of the Nordic Middle Ages. His sources range from the Icelandic sagas to cultural monuments much less familiar to the nonspecialist, including legal cases, church art, law codes, ecclesiastical records, and runic spells. --
  • Mitchell's starting point is the year 1100, by which time Christianity was well established in elite circles throughout Scandinavia, even as some pre-Christian practices and beliefs persisted in various forms. The book's endpoint coincides with the coming of the Reformation and the onset of the early modern Scandinavian witch hunts. The terrain covered is complex, home to the Germanic Scandinavians as well as their non-Indo-European neighbors, the Sami and Finns, and it encompasses such diverse areas as the important trade cities of Copenhagen, Bergen, and Stockholm, with their large foreign populations; the rural hinterlands; and the insular outposts of Iceland and Greenland. --
  • By examining witches, wizards, and seeresses in literature, lore, and law, as well as surviving charm magic directed toward love, prophecy, health, and weather, Mitchell provides a portrait of both the practitioners of medieval Nordic magic and its performance. With an understanding of mythology as a living system of cultural signs (not just ancient sacred narratives), this study also focuses on such powerful evolving myths as those of "the milk-stealing witch, the diabolical pact, and the witches' journey to Blakulla. Court cases involving witchcraft, charm magic, and apostasy demonstrate that witchcraft ideologies played a key role in conceptualizing gender and were themselves an important means of exercising social control. --Book Jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mitchell, Stephen A.
Index
index present
LC call number
BF1584.S23
LC item number
M58 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Middle Ages series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Witchcraft
  • Magic
  • Magi
  • Häxeri
  • Trolldom
Label
Witchcraft and magic in the Nordic Middle Ages, Stephen A. Mitchell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-352) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Witchcraft and the past -- Magic and witchcraft in daily life -- Narrating magic, sorcery, and witchcraft -- Medieval mythologies -- Witchcraft, magic, and the law -- Witchcraft, sorcery, and gender -- Epilogue: the medieval legacy
Control code
ocn606785111
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 368 pages
Isbn
9780812242904
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010022016
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)606785111
Label
Witchcraft and magic in the Nordic Middle Ages, Stephen A. Mitchell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-352) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Witchcraft and the past -- Magic and witchcraft in daily life -- Narrating magic, sorcery, and witchcraft -- Medieval mythologies -- Witchcraft, magic, and the law -- Witchcraft, sorcery, and gender -- Epilogue: the medieval legacy
Control code
ocn606785111
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 368 pages
Isbn
9780812242904
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010022016
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)606785111

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