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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 24, 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 15, 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 Nnamdi O

Jul 09, 2018

Great Course with loads of Insights

By Rajeswary

Oct 16, 2020

Good analysis of magic in history

By Марина Б

Aug 07, 2017

Very interesting and informative!

By Au�ra V

Oct 22, 2020

I like it a lot. THANK YOU !!!!

By Vero B P

Apr 18, 2018

muy entretenido e interesante!!

By Raul C

May 05, 2019

A non-judgemental perspective.

By Oscar J

Sep 13, 2017

Great course. Very interesting

By Analia B

Jul 01, 2020

Muy lo q esperaba!

By Leticia M

Apr 16, 2017

Great course, very impressive

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By Megan G

Jan 18, 2020

Really enjoyed this course!


Oct 13, 2019

Interesting and well taught

By Renee G

Feb 10, 2017

I loved it! Thanks you. :)

By Francisco S

Apr 19, 2020

Un curso muy interesante

By Oksana L

May 12, 2020

Very interesting course

By Octavia P O

Feb 24, 2018

Very interesting course

By Eric P

Jan 30, 2017

Very interesting course

By Melanie E

Dec 28, 2016

Really liked it. Twice.

By Emil

May 03, 2020

Very mystical course.

By ivan r

Sep 09, 2019

re super chachis guay

By johan c

Jun 03, 2019

was an amazing MOOC


Oct 08, 2018

Un excelente curso!

By Annalise S

Oct 16, 2020

really interesting

By Barbie M

Apr 11, 2020

Really interesting

By Penny L

Jul 05, 2018

Loved this course.