Contribution to Book
Männlichkeiten in der Frühmoderne: Körper, Gesundheit und Krankheit (1500-1850)
Martin Dinges, Pierre Pfütsch
Franz Steiner Verlag
This essay is part of a larger project examining martial magic – that is, masculine spells aimed at enlisting supernatural powers to become better fighters – as it was practiced by men in Germany between about 1500 and 1900. Here the focus is specifically on men who attempted to make themselves invulnerable using martial spells and blessings. Like many early modern magical practices, martial magic had religious overtones and often involved the abuse of sacred objects; at the same time, it drew heavily on ideas from the field of medicine.
Tlusty, B. Ann, ""Festmachen": Männliche Zauberpraktiken als Präventivmedicin" (2020). Faculty Contributions to Books. 219.