Medicine, Magic and Art in Early Modern Norway

Conceptualizing Knowledge

  • Ane¬†Ohrvik

Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic book series (PHSWM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ane Ohrvik
    Pages 1-30
  3. Ane Ohrvik
    Pages 31-65
  4. Ane Ohrvik
    Pages 67-98
  5. Ane Ohrvik
    Pages 99-139
  6. Ane Ohrvik
    Pages 141-175
  7. Ane Ohrvik
    Pages 177-200
  8. Ane Ohrvik
    Pages 201-226
  9. Ane Ohrvik
    Pages 227-252
  10. Ane Ohrvik
    Pages 253-262
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 263-302

About this book


This book addresses magical ideas and practices in early modern Norway. It examines a large corpus of Norwegian manuscripts from 1650-1850 commonly called Black Books which contained a mixture of recipes on medicine, magic, and art.
Ane Ohrvik assesses the Black Books from the vantage point of those who wrote the manuscripts and thus offers an original study of how early modern magical practitioners presented their ideas and saw their practices. The book show how the writers viewed magic and medicine both as practical and sacred art and as knowledge worth protecting through encoding the text. The study of the Black Books illuminates how ordinary people in Norway conceptualized magic as valuable and useful knowledge worth of collecting and saving despite the ongoing witchcraft prosecutions targeting the very same ideas and practices as the books promoted. 
Medicine, Magic and Art in Early Modern Norway is essential for those looking to advance their studies in magical beliefs and practices in early modern Europe as well as those interested in witchcraft studies, book history, and the history of knowledge.


Black Books health Scandanavia witchcraft book history

Authors and affiliations

  • Ane¬†Ohrvik
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-46741-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-46742-3
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