Everyday Magicians: Legal Records and Magic Manuscripts from Tudor England (Magic in History Sourcebooks) (Paperback)

Everyday Magicians: Legal Records and Magic Manuscripts from Tudor England (Magic in History Sourcebooks) By Sharon Hubbs Wright, Frank Klaassen Cover Image
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Most of the women and men who practiced magic in Tudor England were not hanged or burned as witches, despite being active members of their communities. These everyday magicians responded to common human problems such as the vagaries of money, love, property, and influence, and they were essential to the smooth functioning of English society. This illuminating book tells their stories through the legal texts in which they are named and the magic books that record their practices.

In legal terms, their magic fell into the category of sin or petty crime, the sort that appeared in the lower courts and most often in church courts. Despite their relatively lowly status, scripts for the sorts of magic they practiced were recorded in contemporary manuscripts. Juxtaposing and contextualizing the legal and magic manuscript records creates an unusually rich field to explore the social aspects of magic practice.

Expertly constructed for both classroom use and independent study, this book presents in modern English the legal documents and magic texts relevant to ordinary forms of magic practiced in Tudor England. These are accompanied by scholarly introductions with original perspectives on the subjects. Topics covered include: the London cunning man Robert Allen; magic to identify thieves; love magic; magic for hunting, fishing and gambling, and magic for healing and protection.

About the Author

Sharon Hubbs Wright is Professor of History at St. Thomas More College and Director of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the coauthor, along with Frank Klaassen, of The Magic of Rogues: Necromancers in Early Tudor England, also published by Penn State University Press. Frank Klaassen is Professor of History at the University of Sakatchewan. He is the author of Making Magic in Elizabethan England: Two Early Modern Vernacular Books of Magic and the award-winning The Transformations of Magic: Illicit Learned Magic in the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance, both published by Penn State University Press.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780271093932
ISBN-10: 0271093935
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication Date: October 18th, 2022
Pages: 164
Language: English
Series: Magic in History Sourcebooks