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Albert the Great, the Albert Legend, and the Legitimation of the Dominicans

Department of History, Political Science, and Religious Studies, Carroll University, Waukesha, WI 53186, USA
Academic Editor: Marina Montesano
Religions 2021, 12(11), 992; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12110992
Received: 14 September 2021 / Revised: 22 October 2021 / Accepted: 8 November 2021 / Published: 12 November 2021
By the time of his death in 1280 Albert the Great was respected not only as a theologian and philosopher, but also as one of the greatest authorities on astrology in the West. Such expertise rarely gains plaudits today, but in late medieval Europe knowledge of esoteric pursuits was held in high regard. This is why Dominicans not only did nothing to challenge the growth of the “Albert Legend,” that Albert had mastered all magical and esoteric topics, but also promoted this myth. By promoting this legend, they bolstered and legitimized the reputation of the Order of Preachers. View Full-Text
Keywords: Albert the Great; Albertus Magnus; astrology; magic The Book of Secrets; Order of Preachers; Speculum astronomiae; the Albert Legend Albert the Great; Albertus Magnus; astrology; magic The Book of Secrets; Order of Preachers; Speculum astronomiae; the Albert Legend
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Hendrix, S.E. Albert the Great, the Albert Legend, and the Legitimation of the Dominicans. Religions 2021, 12, 992. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12110992

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Hendrix SE. Albert the Great, the Albert Legend, and the Legitimation of the Dominicans. Religions. 2021; 12(11):992. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12110992

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Hendrix, Scott E. 2021. "Albert the Great, the Albert Legend, and the Legitimation of the Dominicans" Religions 12, no. 11: 992. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12110992

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