Knowledge Cultures

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


Chapter 2 describes key features of the Black Book manuscripts. By answering questions such as what characterised the writing process, who wrote Black Books, who owned them, and which book markets they belonged to, the specific manuscript culture that describes these books is illuminated. Furthermore, the chapter identifies the genres of printed literature that inspired the making of Black Books and from which generic literary links are created between medical, magical and artisanal knowledge production in the early modern period. An underpinning question following the discussions in this chapter relates to why the Norwegian Black Books were produced exclusively in script form. The chapter suggests that restricted printing possibilities and censorship in Denmark-Norway contributed to making this a distinct scribal culture.


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