Abstract

Abstract:

The group ride through the air by night, one of the defining elements of modern witchcraft imagery, derives in the long run from the so-called "Canon episcopi," first attested in Regino of Prüm's 906 canon collection. This article argues that the language used in the Canon reveals gendered anxieties about the declining Carolingian empire. The Canon thus participates in an ancient discourse whereby transgressive magic was used to delineate accepted societal structure.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-5111
Print ISSN
1556-8547
Pages
pp. 361-385
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-17
Open Access
No
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