Magical me

I just tried to use Google to find a specific medieval spell used for summoning a flying horse. I know there is one, but can’t remember where it’s from or where to find it. You need a sceptre and a red bridle and what else? I don’t know. I didn’t write all of it down when I heard it used as an example in a conference paper.

It would be a dream come true if all medieval manuscripts were digitized and searchable across translations in a single database. Then I could find out the rest of the spell.

For the record, this “article” about medieval magic is one of the most untrue things I’ve read: Medieval Wicca & Sorcery.

4 thoughts on “Magical me

  1. jeorgesmith says:

    i once found a Louis XI era recipe for this fabulous chicken dish (though, I changed it a bit… it called for leaving the bird under a mattress for several days). tried looking for it since, but can’t for the life of me find it. there were some other freaky recipes, too. but the chicken one was particularly good.

    i do hope you can find your spell to summon the flying horse. let me know when you do. it’d be handy on my commute.


  2. jeorgesmith says:

    It wasn’t by chance, from (15th C.) Munich Handbook of Necromancy, was it? I think that has some stuff on flying horse summoning.


    • Chera says:

      Thanks for the tip about the handbook — I just checked Kieckhefer’s edition and he talks about the spell I was looking for: pp. 42-3, or the beginning of Chapter 3. It was one of those moments where it was such an obscure and random piece of information, I didn’t even know where to start. Though now I’m ashamed I hadn’t known about the Munich Handbook of Necromancy earlier. Can I use as my excuse that my area is medieval England and Scotland, not Germany?

      I’m glad you didn’t leave a chicken under a mattress for a few days…


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