Campus Units

History

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

Winter 2014

Journal or Book Title

Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft

Volume

9

Issue

2

First Page

224

Last Page

226

DOI

10.1353/10.1353/mrw.2014.0023

Abstract

Late medieval superstition has received a fair amount of attention recently. In 2010, Euan Cameron’s expansive Enchanted Europe: Superstition, Reason, and Religion, 1250–1750 considered it at some length before moving on to later periods, and in 2013 my own Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies: The Boundaries of Superstition in Late Medieval Europe dealt with it exclusively. Krzysztof Bracha’s detailed study of a single late medieval author and a major (arguably the major) late medieval treatise on superstition is both the latest and also earliest important study in this area. The book is a German translation and updating of Bracha’s 1999 Polish publication Teolog, diabel i zabobony:Świadectwo traktatu Mikolaja Magni z Jawora De superstitionibus (1405 r.). In the intervening years, he has produced a number of valuable articles on superstition, several in German and a few in English, but it is wonderful to have his major study finally made available in a language that far more Western European and American scholars will be able to read.

Comments

This article is published as Krzysztof Bracha, Des Teufels Lug und Trug: Nikolaus Magni von Jauer, Ein Reformtheologe des 15. Jahrhunderts gegen Aberglaube und Götzendienst, reviewed in Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 9.2 (2014): 224-26. doi: 10.1353/10.1353/mrw.2014.0023. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

University of Pennsylvania Press

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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