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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 Linda C

Sep 01, 2017

A lot of fascinating information packed into

By Jennifer E

Sep 08, 2016

Well presented, informative and interesting.

By Antonio Q M

Aug 15, 2016

Very interesting. I enjoyed and learnt a lot

By BharatK S

Jul 27, 2020

Very educational and an eye opening course.

By Sandra J R C

Aug 09, 2017

Increible curso, lo recomiendo ampliamente.

By Sergio P

Mar 01, 2017

Very interesting course and very well done.

By Alejandro R

Jan 07, 2020

It's very educational for I love magic! :D

By Robert J Z J

Mar 30, 2019

Very, very educational and enlightening!

By David J P P

Mar 22, 2020

I'm loving the content, just fantastic!

By Anastasiya K

Apr 02, 2017

Очень интересный и познавательный курс!

By Fonseca L P

Aug 29, 2020

Amazing course, simple to understand

By Ксения К

Oct 03, 2019

Goog course with interesting content

By Melody F

Feb 19, 2018

Wonderful lessons! Very interesting!

By Nnamdi O

Jul 09, 2018

Great Course with loads of Insights

By Марина Б

Aug 07, 2017

Very interesting and informative!

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