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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1112: Magic, Emotion, and Power

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Societas Magica
Organiser:Sophie L. Page, Department of History, University College London
Moderator/Chair:Charles Burnett, Warburg Institute, University of London
Paper 1112-aEmotions: A Source of, or Impediment to, Magical Power?
(Language: English)
Frank Klaassen, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1112-bIntention, Emotion, and Wonder in Medieval Ritual Magic
(Language: English)
Sophie L. Page, Department of History, University College London
Index terms: Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine, Religious Life
Paper 1112-cMilitary Magic as a Means of Sublimating Hope, Wrath, and Disappointment
(Language: English)
Benedek Láng, Department of History & Philosophy of Science, Budapest University of Technology & Economics
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Politics and Diplomacy, Science, Technology

This session explores the question of the relationship between emotions and magical power. Frank Klaassen's paper will demonstrate the importance of self-control in medieval necromantic operations but will further probe the question of whether emotions contribute in positive ways to magical operations. Sophie Page will look at the 'intentio' of the operator's heart as a feature of the magical operation, the emotional bond expressed between men and spirits in magic texts and rituals to provoke wonder. Benedek Lang's paper will analyse the role of emotions in the Bellifortis of Conrad Kyeser, a striking late medieval handbook of warfare, magic, and alchemy.