AcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsGeneral Introduction: The Devil in the DetailsThe Antiphoner NotebookIntroductionThe TextThe Boxgrove ManualIntroductionThe TextAppendixesBibliographyIndex
Frank Klaassen is Associate Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan. His recent publications include the award-winning book The Transformations of Magic: Illicit Learned Magic in the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance, also published by Penn State University Press.
"Each of the two very different sixteenth-century texts edited here offers a panoramic view into its compiler's world; liberally enhanced with arcane diagrams, the texts are usefully contextualized by the notes and ancillary materials Klaassen provides. In addition to the general introduction, which is both learned and comfortably reader-friendly, each magic text has an individual introduction offering a finely tuned reading sensitive to the layering of sources and the complexity of the compiler's stance. Like all Klaassen's work, this book is meant to be enjoyed."
-Claire Fanger, author of Conjuring Spirits: Texts and Traditions of Medieval Ritual Magic
-Richard Kieckhefer, author of Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer's Manual of the Fifteenth Century
-Lauren Kassell, author of Medicine and Magic in Elizabethan London: Simon Forman: Astrologer, Alchemist, and Physician