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Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

Medicine, Magic and Art in Early Modern Norway

Conceptualizing Knowledge

Authors: Ohrvik, Ane

  • Traces conceptual ideas of knowledge in Norway from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries
  • Assesses how magic and medicine were viewed as practical and sacred in early modern Europe
  • Utilises a wide range of early modern manuscripts from 1650 -1850, known as Black Books
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About this book

This book addresses magical ideas and practices in early modern Norway. It examines a large corpus of Norwegian manuscripts from 1650-1850 commonly called Black Books which contained a mixture of recipes on medicine, magic, and art. Ane Ohrvik assesses the Black Books from the vantage point of those who wrote the manuscripts and thus offers an original study of how early modern magical practitioners presented their ideas and saw their practices. The book show how the writers viewed magic and medicine both as practical and sacred art and as knowledge worth protecting through encoding the text. The study of the Black Books illuminates how ordinary people in Norway conceptualized magic as valuable and useful knowledge worth of collecting and saving despite the ongoing witchcraft prosecutions targeting the very same ideas and practices as the books promoted.  Medicine, Magic and Art in Early Modern Norway is essential for those looking to advance their studies in magical beliefs and practices in early modern Europe as well as those interested in witchcraft studies, book history, and the history of knowledge.

About the authors

Ane Ohrvik is Associate Professor in Cultural History at the University of Oslo, Norway. She has published widely on topics relating to magic and witchcraft, history of medicine, rituals, book history, and history of knowledge. 

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eBook 74,96 €
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Medicine, Magic and Art in Early Modern Norway
Book Subtitle
Conceptualizing Knowledge
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46742-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-46742-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46741-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 302
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
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