Magic and Masculinity: Ritual Magic and Gender in the Early by Frances Timbers

By Frances Timbers

In early smooth England, the perform of formality or ceremonial magic – the tried verbal exchange with angels and demons – either strengthened and subverted current suggestions of gender. the vast majority of male magicians acted from a place of keep an eye on and command commensurate with their social place in a patriarchal society; different males, even if, used the idea of magic to subvert gender beliefs whereas nonetheless aiming to achieve hegemony. while ladies who claimed to accomplish magic have been frequently extra submissive of their tried dealings with the spirit global, a few girl practitioners hired magic to undermine the patriarchal tradition and extra their very own schedule. Frances Timbers stories the perform of formality magic within the 16th and 17th centuries focusing specially on gender and sexual views. utilizing the examples of famous people who set themselves up as magicians (including John Dee, Simon Forman and William Lilly), in addition to unpublished diaries and journals, literature and felony documents, this publication offers a distinct research of early smooth ceremonial magic from a gender perspective.

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