What is the amuletic
power of stamps, as opposed to actual amulets, and can they convey an aura of auspiciousness to a letter to which they are affixed?
Although such measures were a way of generating funds for the rapidly depleting papal treasury, the issuance of this amuletic
indulgence ticket for protection against "falling-sickness" (i.
31) Although there was a continuous oral tradition of charms throughout the Middle Ages, increased lay literacy and production of vernacular translations of written collections of verbal charms, amuletic
texts, and magical recipes in the later Middle Ages made them more readily available to the nobility and other educated members of the laity.
24) Examples of this genre might include bawdy and suggestive ballads such as The Beautiful Muff, gruesome accounts of crime such as A full, true, & particular Account of a most cruel and barbarous MURDER, and superstitious amuletic
texts such as A copy of a letter written by our blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, which promised their owners special protections from disaster.
While Coffey does discuss this tradition, she also demonstrates how diminutive Qur'ans from eighteenth to early-twentieth-century Turkey and Iran functioned more widely as personal amulets, or at least as having an amuletic
potential when worn close to the body (comparable therefore to talismanic shirts) by, for instance, pilgrims en route to Mecca.
Much of the jewellery, which is believed to have originated from Nizwa, Muttrah and Rustaq, is decorated with coins, gold leaf, coral and glass beads, and with several amuletic
pieces incorporating elaborate Quranic calligraphic pendants.
Not only was the text condemned by the Decretum Pseudo-Gelasianum, but the letter of Jesus to Abgar also inspired its widespread apotropaic use as an amuletic
text thought to convey to its bearer protections effected by the authentic written words of Christ, in spite of the Church's repeated efforts to stamp out the use of amuletic
texts among clergy and laity alike.
The objects include an architectural frieze and textiles that depict female personifications, which probably were believed to have had magical properties promoting household abundance; decidedly unglamorous storage vessels and tableware; marriage rings, which had an amuletic
function of safeguarding the marriage's harmony; and hairpins, cosmetic containers, and applicators.
There are numerous medical-magical remedies listed for relief from nightmares, including poultices, apotropaic spells on pillows, and amuletic
decrees worn around the neck while sleeping.
demonstrate that interest in amuletic
magic was thriving during Heliodoros' period, whether we take this to be the third or the fourth century.
Pineda clearly shared the outrage of his learned forebears, and his indignation may have been amplified by an awareness that amuletic
texts were often inscribed on parchment excised from sacred books.
18) Such single-sided products exemplify market-oriented speculative printing, merging into a broader category of petty amuletic
and devotional printing which was, of necessity, also cheap and ephemeral.