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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 Walter J

Aug 17, 2017

Very informational - more about the threat paganism posed to Christianity. Fascinating!

By Yuliia H

Jun 26, 2020

Thank you so much for this wonderful course! Great teachers and interesting materials!

By Samuel d Z

Oct 22, 2017

Great, I really enjoy this and it is a good starter into the History of Magic. Thanks!

By Adrián E G V

Jan 2, 2022

Excellent and thorough course in Medieval History of Witchcraft. I really enjoyed it!

By Human A

Dec 26, 2021

A complete journey into the context of magic in medieval period and even Islamic era

By Monia M

Mar 20, 2018

An interesting course, really concrete and a platform to share knowledge and skills.

By Arnav K

Sep 5, 2021

I really like magic and a bit of history and this course combined them beautifully.

By Andrea S

Apr 8, 2021

A fantastic course. i learned so much about context and history related with magic.

By Eugenio D P

Sep 13, 2018

bien estructurado, muy ameno y agradable, bien documentado. Lo estoy disfrutando.

By Eleanor T I

Jun 11, 2018

Really interesting class, enjoyed all of the cool information I gained from this!

By Pedro L L

Sep 3, 2016

Just incredible. I am just learning a lot. 100% RECOMMENDED. Kisses from Spain!

By Katie S

Mar 19, 2018

I learned so many amazing and unusual things about beliefs in the middle ages!

By Aleksei P

Aug 25, 2020

A really enthralling course with great lectures and fascinating assignments.

By Rahul M

Jul 19, 2020

A very nice learning experience. Thank you for all the teaching and support.

By jayita c

Mar 2, 2017

thanks. i was really looking hard for some course covering the topic wicca(:

By Margaret M P

Jan 8, 2021

A good variety of professors, topics and documentary information. Thanks!

By Melissa F

Nov 8, 2020

I really enjoyed learning the topics presented in this course. Thank you!

By Sylvia H

Jan 29, 2022

Really interesting and well structured. ÇI wish they had more like this.

By Mónica P B

Nov 24, 2016

He disfrutado con el contenido y el método de estudio. Muchas gracias ^^

By Bruno R J

Feb 2, 2018

Amazing content and very well produced. It's a privilege to watch this.

By Katrina C

Sep 25, 2017

Very thorough, informative, educational, and fairly easy to understand!

By Denise M

Nov 29, 2016

Great course! I learned a lot from it and look forward to more courses!

By francisco v r

Sep 6, 2020

Genial, divertido y ameno. Que más podemos pedir. Muchos como este....

By Jaime A S V

Oct 30, 2019

Excelente curso, la pase muy bien aprendiendo de materias ancestrales.

By Robin C T

Dec 17, 2021

This course was very informative. I would like to see more like this.