Magic and Divination at the Courts of Burgundy and France. Text and Context of Laurens Pignon's "Contre Les Devineurs" (1411); Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, Volume 83

Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 1998. First Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo, xiv + 434pp. Original maroon cloth with gilt title, etc. to spine, blind rules, bibliography and indexes. From the publisher: "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." Appears unread - thus a tight, clean near Fine copy in near Fine mylar protected dust jacket. Item #62423
ISBN: 9004109250

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