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For nearly three centuries Malleus Maleficarum (The Witches’ Hammer) was the professional manual for witch hunters. This work by two of the most famous. While the Malleus Maleficarum was the first comprehensive book of witchcraft and witchcraft prosecution, its authors did not create all their theories on witches. The Malleus Maleficarum was meant to be a manual for inquisitors. It laid foundations for much of the early modern period’s witch persecutions.

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The Malleus was used as a judicial case-book for the malleus and persecution of witches, specifying rules of evidence and the canonical procedures by which suspected witches were tortured and put to death.

Therefore, maleficsu women are doomed to become witches, who cannot be redeemed; and the only recourse open to the authorities is to ferret out and exterminate all witches. The Malleus Maleficarum “crystallized into a fiercely stringent code previous folklore about black magic with church dogma on heresy, and Heinrich Kramer, the text’s demented author, was held up as a typical inquisitor.

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Even family members who would speak for the accused would be hailed as accomplices. For the Cradle of Filth album, see Hammer of the Witches.

The Malleus Maleficarum and the witch craze that ensued malefixus advantage of the increasing intolerance of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation in Europe, where the Protestant and Catholic camps respectively, pitted against one another, each zealously strove to maintain what they each deemed to be the purity of faith. It was first published aroundshortly after the invention of the printing malefichs and five years after a papal bull was issued legitimizing the belief in witches.

A Complete Translation of the Malleus Maleficarum 1 volume.

The witch lost her powerful position vis-a-vis the deities; the ability to force the deities comply with her wishes was replaced by a total subordination to the devil. Well, warlock, to get technical about it. In he drew up a treatise on witchcraft which was incorporated in the Malleus Maleficarum literally “The Hammer of Witches”.


The late 15th century was also a period of religious turmoil. Men might be learned magicians, anomalous archer wizards, or witch-doctors and superstitiosi, but very seldom did they work the broad range of maleficium typical of witches. I think it only fair to add that if you are looking for something, lurid, dark and racy the Malleus is bound to disappoint. I’m all likelihood, we’re still burning witches It goes on to give accounts of witches committing these crimes.

The book, of course, was originally published in Latin, translated twice into English; first by Montague Summers inand more recently – and accurately – by P.

Basque Witchcraft and the Spanish Inquisition. Witch Hunts in the Western World: In Latin, the feminine maleficarum would only be used for women, while the masculine maleficorum could be used for men alone or for both sexes if together. Moreover, the authors insist that the death penalty for convicted witches is the only sure remedy against withcraft.

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The difference is that four signatories of the first part testify that they have examined the treatises and endorse its text while in the second signing signatories do not assert that they have read the treatises but nonetheless express approval by explicitly restating some general propositions of the treatises and endorsing them instead. The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca. Thomas Aquinas adapted these views to Christianity, arguing that because woman is less perfect than man, she is but an indirect image of God and an appendix to man.

A similar response is offered by the author of the first translation of the Malleus into English Montague Summers. This is the point in history where “witchcraft constituted an independent antireligion”.

Oh, come on, sing it with me. How and why women roast their first-born male child; the confession of how to raise a tempest by a washwoman suspended “hardly clear of the ground” by her thumbs; methods of making a formal pact with the Devil; how witches deprive men of their vital member; and many others.


Secular malleuus, not inquisitorial ones, resorted to the Malleus.

Malleus Maleficarum (1486)

Malefkcus the member is in no way stirred, and can never perform the act of coition, this is a sign of frigidity of nature; but when it is stirred and becomes erect, but yet cannot perform, it is a sign of witchcraft. Witches were not ignorant of the faith, like Muslims. Kramer did accept the standard argument of misogynist demonologists that the female propensity for witchcraft was in part due to female weakness. Malleus Maleficarum pp 2 – 3. Written by James Sprenger and Henry Kramer of which little is knownthe Malleus remained in use for three hundred years.

So glad this was preserved for posterity.

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This book admits that much of a witches power as well as her “travels” occurred in her mind. The preface also includes an alleged unanimous approbation from the University of Cologne ‘s Faculty of Theology. Witches entered into a pact with Satan to allow them the power to perform harmful magical acts, thus establishing an essential link between witches and the Devil.

Sep 21, Pamela Conley rated it really liked it. Therefore, it is not an endorsement of a specific final text of the Malleus. The evidence for this is in my view very tenuous and the main argument is clearly invalid. This page was last malefjcus on 5 Decemberat Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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