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Trafficking with Demons – Magic, Ritual, and Gender from Late Antiquity to 1000 - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Trafficking with Demons: Magic, Ritual, and Gender from Late Antiquity to 1000

Martha Rampton


This book explores how magic was perceived, practiced, and prohibited in western Europe during the first millennium CE. Through the overlapping frameworks of religion, ritual, and gender, the book connects early Christian reckonings with pagan magic to later doctrines and dogmas. Challenging established views on the role of women in ritual magic during this period, the book provides a new narrative of the ways in which magic was embedded within the foundational assumptions of western European society, informing how people understood the cosmos, divinity, and their own Christian faith. As the b ... More

Keywords: pagan magic, religion, ritual magic, gender, western Europe, cosmos, divinity, Christian faith, demons, Christian belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501702686
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martha Rampton, author
Pacific University