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At Downhead in Somerset a man was reported to have remarked that 'his mare
will make as good holy water as any priest can', and that his hands were 'as good
to deliver the sacrament of the altar to any man as well as the priest's hands'.
Yet even though the medieval Church prohibited popular magic and made
sorcery a disqualification for the priesthood,1 the roles of priest and magician
were by no means clearly distinguished in the popular mind. This was partly
because the ...
When examined, the priest confessed to having borrowed from the Prior of White
Friars, Scarborough, a paper roll made by Merlin, Bede and Thomas of
Erceldoune, containing predictions relating to the black fleet of Norway, the eagle
, the ...
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The Magic of the Medieval Church
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