11 December 2019

The Western magical tradition

Is there a distinctive and continuous tradition of ritual magic in Europe, and if so, what are its characteristics, where did it start, and how did it develop?

This talk is designed to answer those questions, by going on a journey from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, through the worlds of Rome, Judaism, Islam and Latin Christianity.

It will follow a trail of manuscripts, amulets and talismans in a bid to construct a coherent history for Western magic.

This talk complements the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery exhibition, ‘Do You Believe in Magic’?

Speaker: Prof. Ronald Hutton, Professor of History at the University of Bristol.

This is a UWE Regional History Centre talk.