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Conversations with Angels
Essays Towards a History of Spiritual Communication, 1100-1700
Edited by Joad Raymond
 
 
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09 Aug 2011
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This collection offers a new and compelling vision of the place of angels in medieval and early-modern Europe. Through literal and figurative conversations with angels, humans acquired or imagined new forms of knowledge and new understandings of the relationship between God and man and of the arrangement of the natural world. By looking at these conversations, the authors, from many disciplines, recover lost perspectives on the social and cultural histories of theology, magic, natural philosophy, music, and literature in medieval and early modern Europe. The essays explore points of convergence between the disciplines and between medieval and Renaissance theology, natural philosophy, politics and imaginative culture. They restore to angels some of the intellectual vitality and cultural substance that the centuries have taken away, and bring angels closer to humans.


Description

This collection offers a new and compelling vision of the place of angels in medieval and early-modern Europe. Through literal and figurative conversations with angels, humans acquired or imagined new forms of knowledge and new understandings of the relationship between God and man and of the arrangement of the natural world. By looking at these conversations, the authors, from many disciplines, recover lost perspectives on the social and cultural histories of theology, magic, natural philosophy, music, and literature in medieval and early modern Europe. The essays explore points of convergence between the disciplines and between medieval and Renaissance theology, natural philosophy, politics and imaginative culture. They restore to angels some of the intellectual vitality and cultural substance that the centuries have taken away, and bring angels closer to humans.


Contents

Introduction; J.Raymond
PART I: NATURAL PHILOSOPHY
Strategies of Interspecies Communication, 1100-2000; W.Stephens
Angels and the Physics of Place in the Early Fourteenth Century; J.Byrne
Galilean Angels; N.Wilding
Newtonian Angels; S.Schaffer
PART II: MAGIC
Speaking with Spirits in Medieval Magic Texts; S.Page
False Illuding Spirits & Cownterfeiting Deuills: John Dee's Angelic Conversations and Religious Anxiety; S.Clucas
'Behold, the dreamer cometh': Hyperphysical Magic and Deific Visions in an Early Modern Theosophical Lab-Oratory; P.J.Forshaw
PART III: REPRESENTATION
Singing with the Angels: Hildegard of Bingen's Representations of Celestial Music; W.Flynn
'And the angel said': Conversations with Angels in Early Modern Music; J.A.Owens
Athanasius Kircher's Guardian Angel; I.Rowland
PART IV: REFORMATIONS
The Guardian Angel in Protestant England; P.Marshall
Catholic Reformation and the Cult of Angels in Early Modern England; A.Walsham
Mysticism and Politics in C17th England: The Pordages and their Angelical World; J.Raymond


Authors

JOAD RAYMOND is Professor of English Literature at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is the author of The Invention of the Newspaper (1996), Pamphlets and Pamphleteering in Early Modern Britain (2003) and Milton's Angels: The Early Modern Imagination (2010).