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Magical thought has always attracted human imagination. In this course we will introduce you to the Middle Ages through a wide conception of magic. Students will have an approach to medieval culture, beliefs and practices from the perspective of History and History of Science. Popular magic, as well as learned magic (alchemy, geomancy and necromancy) will be addressed. Moreover, we will also deal with how eastern practices and texts influenced western culture. In July 2016, the course will contain a brand-new module devoted to astrology. Magic in the Middle Ages offers a captivating overview of medieval society and promotes reflection about certain stereotypes associated with this period. At the end of the course, the students: a) will have overcome the usual prejudices about the Middle Ages, b) will be able to analyze historical documentation from the Middle Ages and recognize the most common patterns of juridical documents regarding witchcraft, and c) will be capable of distinguishing between popular magic and the magic of the learned people; will have a notion of which spiritual practices were allowed in medieval Europe and which ones were related to the devil, and will be aware of the link between a cultural product and the society that produced it. This course is taught in English, although subtitles in English, Catalan and Spanish will also be provided. COURSE SYLLABUS Week 1. Introduction to medieval magic (Pau Castell). Week 2. Magic & Heresy (Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel). Week 3. From Magic to Witchcraft (Pau Castell). Week 4. Magic in Islam (Godefroid de Callataÿ and Sébastien Moureau). Week 5. Astrology & Geomancy (Theo Loinaz, Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel, Godefroid de Callataÿ and Blanca Villuendas). © Gemma Pellissa Prades (coord.), Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel and Joana Palau Mumany Magic in the Middle Ages by Gemma Pellissa Prades (coord.), Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel and Joana Palau Mumany is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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Sugerido: 3 hours/week
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Subtítulos: English, Romanian
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Curso 100 % en línea

Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.
Beginner Level

Nivel principiante

Clock

Aprox. 13 horas para completar

Sugerido: 3 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Subtítulos: English, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL MAGIC

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Reading
6 videos (Total 31 min), 1 quiz
Video6 videos
The Idea of Magic3m
The Ancient Precedents5m
Magic and Superstition in Christian Europe6m
The Decline of Magic7m
Weekly Video 1 (2015)5m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Unit 1 Quiz20m

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

UNIT 2: MAGIC & HERESY

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Reading
8 videos (Total 57 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
The Rise and Fall of Natural Magic (5:56)5m
Persecution Unleashed (6:23)6m
The Tale of the Not-So-Evil Inquisitor (7:18)7m
Necromancy: When Demons Spoke Latin (7:11)7m
Optional video I: Eastern Jewish Communities: A Bit of Context (7:45)7m
Optional video II: The Jewish Idea of Magic (6:38)6m
Weekly Video 2 (2015)8m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Unit 2 Quiz20m

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Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

UNIT 3: FROM MAGIC TO WITCHCRAFT

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Reading
8 videos (Total 49 min), 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Witchcraft and Maleficent Magic (7:18)7m
The Mythology of Witchcraft (8:04)8m
Medieval Witchcraft Trials (I) (5:58)6m
Medieval Witchcraft Trials (II) (6:34)6m
Optional video: Medieval Sources on Witchcraft (I) (6:19)6m
Optional video: Medieval Sources on Witchcraft (II) (5:53)5m
Weekly Video 3 (2015)4m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Unit 3 Quiz20m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

UNIT 4: MAGIC IN ISLAM

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Reading
7 videos (Total 72 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
How Was Magic Received in Islam?(8:51)8m
The Ikhwān al- Ṣafā’ on Magic and the Occult (8:29)8m
The Science of the Letters (10:01)10m
Alchemy I: Arabic Alchemy8m
Alchemy II: Arabo-Latin Alchemy (9:55)9m
Weekly Video 4 (2015)16m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Unit 4 Quiz18m

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Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

UNIT 5: ASTROLOGY & GEOMANCY

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Reading
9 videos (Total 66 min), 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
The Melting Pot of Medieval Astrology6m
Early Medieval Astronomy: the Moon, the Zodiac, Thunders and Dreams7m
Horoscopes and World Events: the Doings of High-End Astrology6m
Geomancy11m
Optional video-On World Cycles 1: The Great Year Doctrine in Antiquity (1)5m
Optional video-On World Cycles 1: The Great Year Doctrine in Antiquity (2)7m
Optional video-On World Cycles 2: The Great Year Doctrine in the Middle Ages (1)9m
Optional video-On World Cycles 2: The Great Year Doctrine in the Middle Ages (2)6m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Unit 5 Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By BWMar 24th 2018

Helpful and insightful. I try to learn as much about witchcraft and all religions as I can. The first set of videos were well lit and well read. I recommend this for anyone who wants to learn more.

By ARAug 13th 2017

Un curso muy interesante! es maravilloso tener otra visión de la edad media, no solo hablar de el papel fundamental de la iglesia en esta época de la historia, sino de la vida que se llevaba.

Instructors

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Dr Pau Castell Granados

Research and Teaching Scholar at University of Barcelona
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Sébastien Moureau - University of Louvain

Chargé de recherches du F.R.S.-FNRS
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Dr Gemma Pellissa Prades

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
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Blanca Villuendas

PhD Candidate

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