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Professor Ryan Giles has published a new book that explores the function of amuletic prayers, divine names, and incantation formulas that were inscribed and printed on parchment, paper and other media, and at the same time inserted into classic literary works such as Poema de mío Cid, the Libro de Alexandre, the Libro de buen amor, Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes, and the Buscón. His book analyzes the powers of amuletic texts to heal, protect, or otherwise provide a blessing or curse—and to influence fictional lives at different moments in the development of medieval and early modern Peninsular literature.