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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 Penny L

Jul 05, 2018

Loved this course.

By Moomal M

Sep 01, 2020

wonderful course!

By Rachael

Jul 07, 2018

Loved this course

By ps019

Jun 05, 2020

very interesting

By Luz C P

Oct 28, 2018

Quite intresting


Dec 17, 2017

Very interesting

By 周明

Mar 09, 2017

very interesting

By Azucena R

Sep 07, 2020

I really liked!

By Adílio J M

Jun 07, 2019

Ótimo conteúdo!

By beatriz v

Apr 27, 2018

excelente curso

By Marcia d S R

Nov 29, 2019

Greast course.

By faith m

May 14, 2018

boring but fun

By Jasmine A

Jul 09, 2018

Super helpful

By Allen J C N

Sep 02, 2016

¡De lo mejor!

By Hicham L

Aug 13, 2020

very optimal

By Abigail L

Jan 12, 2020

Great thanks

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By Matthew D

Jan 18, 2017

Was Great!

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