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Anna Zieglerin And The Lion’s Blood: Alchemy And End Times In Reformation Germany by Tara Nummedal (review)

Anna Zieglerin And The Lion’s Blood: Alchemy And End Times In Reformation Germany by Tara... 336 preternature Those conversant with scholarly literature on magic in the early modern period will recognize the signic fi ance of expanding access to practical manuals on magic. From its earliest legitimizing eo ff rts, the history of magic has been shaped to focus predominantly on printed texts on magical theory, but archival work has increas- ingly called for the reorientation of scholarly literature on magic towards the man- uscript sources that comprise the greater part of the early modern period’s textual legacy of magic. These manuscript sources also oer ff the few means of access- ing the greater part of magic’s participation in early modern society—that is, the practical aim of magic that originally justie fi d its theoretical framing and contin- ually motivated both learned and unlearned individuals to seek out and engage with magical texts. It is still an open matter as to whether practical or theoretical streams of magical texts ultimately played a greater role in the shaping of magical modernity. Regardless, Klaassen’s contribution to the history of magic as practice presents a long-overdue glimpse into the early modern world that transformed magical practices at a crucial moment in England’s history. He succeeds in provid- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural Penn State University Press

Anna Zieglerin And The Lion’s Blood: Alchemy And End Times In Reformation Germany by Tara Nummedal (review)

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Abstract

336 preternature Those conversant with scholarly literature on magic in the early modern period will recognize the signic fi ance of expanding access to practical manuals on magic. From its earliest legitimizing eo ff rts, the history of magic has been shaped to focus predominantly on printed texts on magical theory, but archival work has increas- ingly called for the reorientation of scholarly literature on magic towards the man- uscript sources that comprise the greater part of the early modern period’s textual legacy of magic. These manuscript sources also oer ff the few means of access- ing the greater part of magic’s participation in early modern society—that is, the practical aim of magic that originally justie fi d its theoretical framing and contin- ually motivated both learned and unlearned individuals to seek out and engage with magical texts. It is still an open matter as to whether practical or theoretical streams of magical texts ultimately played a greater role in the shaping of magical modernity. Regardless, Klaassen’s contribution to the history of magic as practice presents a long-overdue glimpse into the early modern world that transformed magical practices at a crucial moment in England’s history. He succeeds in provid-

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Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the PreternaturalPenn State University Press

Published: Sep 19, 2020

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