Magic and Divination at the Courts of Burgundy and France: Text and Context of Laurens Pignon's Contre Les Devineurs (1411)

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BRILL, 1998 - 433 pages
The magicians and astrologers who frequented the courts of Burgundy and France during the reign of Charles VI to render their dubious services to king and nobles, induced friar Laurens Pignon OP to write a treatise called "Contre les devineurs" (1411) which he dedicated to John the Fearless, duke of Burgundy. This book presents a critical edition of the treatise and tries to reconstruct its historical and intellectual context by examining the role of magic and astrology at court. By means of theological and philosophical arguments which he derives from Aquinas, Pignon demonstrates the dangers and deficiencies of divination. In three appendices editions of supplementary documents are supplied: a confession of a court-magician, two divinatory texts and a fictional prognostication on the house of Burgundy.
 

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Contents

THE TREATISE AND ITS AUTHOR
7
THE PACT WITH THE ENEMY
43
HISTORY AND DIVINATION
97
A CRITIQUE OF SUPERSTITION
137
RECAPITULATION
201
CONTRE LES DEVINEURS
223
THE CONFESSION OF MASTER JEHAN DE
343
PROGNOSTICATION ON THE LIFE OF JOHN DUKE
357
THE TWELVE SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC AND A GAME
373
Glossary
403
Bibliography
409
Index of Names in CLD
419
Index of Subjects and Titles
429
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Jan R. Veenstra, Ph.D. (1997), studied English and Philosophy at the University of Groningen.

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