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About the Course

Magical thought has always attracted human imagination. In this course we will introduce you to the Middle Ages through a wide conception of magic. Students will have an approach to medieval culture, beliefs and practices from the perspective of History and History of Science. Popular magic, as well as learned magic (alchemy, geomancy and necromancy) will be addressed. Moreover, we will also deal with how eastern practices and texts influenced western culture. In July 2016, the course will contain a brand-new module devoted to astrology. Magic in the Middle Ages offers a captivating overview of medieval society and promotes reflection about certain stereotypes associated with this period. At the end of the course, the students: a) will have overcome the usual prejudices about the Middle Ages, b) will be able to analyze historical documentation from the Middle Ages and recognize the most common patterns of juridical documents regarding witchcraft, and c) will be capable of distinguishing between popular magic and the magic of the learned people; will have a notion of which spiritual practices were allowed in medieval Europe and which ones were related to the devil, and will be aware of the link between a cultural product and the society that produced it. This course is taught in English, although subtitles in English, Catalan and Spanish will also be provided. COURSE SYLLABUS Week 1. Introduction to medieval magic (Pau Castell). Week 2. Magic & Heresy (Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel). Week 3. From Magic to Witchcraft (Pau Castell). Week 4. Magic in Islam (Godefroid de Callataÿ and Sébastien Moureau). Week 5. Astrology & Geomancy (Theo Loinaz, Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel, Godefroid de Callataÿ and Blanca Villuendas). © Gemma Pellissa Prades (coord.), Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel and Joana Palau Mumany Magic in the Middle Ages by Gemma Pellissa Prades (coord.), Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel and Joana Palau Mumany is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License....

Top reviews

Mar 23, 2018

Helpful and insightful. I try to learn as much about witchcraft and all religions as I can. The first set of videos were well lit and well read. I recommend this for anyone who wants to learn more.

Jul 14, 2020

This course was really thorough and interesting. I liked how it covered a range of religions and regions and I think it's great how there are interactive assignments which judge out writing.

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By Magdalena A

Aug 29, 2020

Amazing course,

Thank you for the chance of taking part in it

By Omer K

Sep 25, 2017

At some points, the use of language was hard to understand.

By Ebe B

Jun 6, 2017

Very interesting and well explained. Loved listening to it.

By Katya P S S

Aug 31, 2021

E​xcellente course. Amazing to increase our History Level

By Josiah E

Oct 26, 2017

An interesting brief jaunt through a fascinating subject.

By Yue J

Apr 13, 2020

Great. I learned a lot about magic, wizards, astrology.

By Karen P

Jun 3, 2019

Excellent course. Very interesting and well structured.


Mar 22, 2021

Very good course, it is very complete and interesting.

By Taz H

Aug 4, 2019

quite in depth .I was very pleased to learn something.

By Katerina G

Apr 25, 2020

I really enjoyed it and learnt so much. Thank you!

By Joshua R

May 28, 2020

Very good course and I learned a lot.

Thank you!


Sep 27, 2020

A brilliant read and a very well rounded course.

By H K

Mar 25, 2017

A very interesting course with amazing teachers.

By Gerardo G N

Apr 29, 2021

Me encantó el curso, muy interesante y dinámico

By Erin D

Dec 8, 2020

Really interesting information and well taught.

By Virginia C

Mar 10, 2019

Loved this course, wish they had more like it!!

By Ines G

Feb 20, 2018

It was very interesting and I enjoyed it a lot.

By Karelys V R

Mar 16, 2019

Me encantó y pude ampliar mas mi conocimiento.

By Cansu A

Oct 4, 2016

A great, eye-opening and educative experience.

By Emelyn P

Jun 22, 2020

loved it! so informative, very rich material!

By Vasco H

Nov 12, 2019

The content is in fact very well explained!!

By Alexandre M

Oct 9, 2019

Very amusing and intrigating! Recomend it!!!

By Linda C

Sep 1, 2017

A lot of fascinating information packed into

By Jennifer E

Sep 8, 2016

Well presented, informative and interesting.

By Antonio Q M

Aug 15, 2016

Very interesting. I enjoyed and learnt a lot