Achieving Invisibility and Having Sex with Spirits: Six Operations from an English Magic Collection ca. 1600

Frank Klaassen, Katrina Bens

Abstract


Six operations to achieve invisibility are contained in a sixteenth-century manuscript, London, British Library, Sloane 3850, ff. 143-166. This edition explores what may have motivated the scribe to record these texts and how pre-modern readers would have regarded them.

Keywords


Manuscripts; Magic; Invisibility; Sex; Animals; Necromancy; Nigromancy; Secrets; Wonders; Fairies; Demons; Ritual Magic; Experiments

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