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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Featured Twitter witch hunts. A lengthy introduction will serve well to those who are coming to the Malleus for the first time, as well as those who have read other translations or articles on the work. According to the Malleus, men could lose malefifus penises through magical maleficux by witches. The book, of course, was originally published in Latin, translated twice into English; first by Montague Summers inand more recently – and accurately – by P.

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If this assertion was granted, then the presence of maleficium indicated decisively the presence of a female witch. For example, it devotes large sections to incubi and succubi and questions regarding their roles in pregnancies, the submission of witches to incubi, and protections against them. I would like to say that the book stands in relation to the Witch Holocaust as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion does to that of the Jews.

It was first published aroundshortly after the invention of the printing press and five years after a papal bull was issued legitimizing the belief in witches.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. It mixes elements borrowed from FormicariusPreceptorium divinae maleeficus and Lectiones super ecclesiastes Arguments favoring discrimination against women are explicit in the handbook. In Heinrich Kramer had made one of the first attempts at prosecuting alleged witches in the Tyrol region. The Malleus serves as a horrible warning about what happens when intolerence takes over a society. The common theme in these demonological treatises is that women were more susceptible to demonic temptation because they were morally weaker than men and more likely, therefore, to succumb to diabolical temptation.


Mackay explains the terminology at length — sorcerer is used to preserve the maledicus of the Latin terminology. The invention of printing some thirty years before the first publication of the Malleus Maleficarum instigated the fervor of witch hunting, and, in the words of Russell, “the swift propagation of the witch hysteria by the press was the first evidence that Gutenberg had not liberated man from original sin.

Its appearance triggered no prosecutions in areas where there had been none earlier, and in some cases its claims mallsus substantial scepticism for Italy, Mslleus Kramer received a papal bullSummis desiderantes affectibusin In the first part, the opinion of a “temporary Dean of the Faculty of Holy Theology at Cologne” namely Lambertus de Monte of ‘s-Heerenberg [g] is expressed and then professors Jacobus Straelen of Noetlinck, Andreas Schermer of Ochsenfurt and Thomas Lyel of Scotland testify that they agree with his opinion.

Jacob Sprenger ‘s name was added as an author beginning in33 years after the book’s first publication and 24 years after Sprenger’s death. A lack of a proper index or bibliography in the book itself is a crime of omission, but regardless, the book and footnotes lend to an ease of understanding in the moment of reading, rather than a flip back and forth between the book and its endpapers.

Maximilian I] takes these Inquisitors under his complete protection, ordering and commanding each and every subject of the Roman Empire to render all favor and assistance to these Inquisitors and otherwise to act in the manner that is more fully contained and included in the letter.

Malleus Maleficarum (1486)

Previously, maloeus courts had mostly pursued witchcraft when it involved maleficia, or harmful acts. It differs from earlier conceptions of witchcraft that were much more generalized. Witches were usually female.


Because women are the negative counterpart to men, they corrupt male perfection through witchcraft and must maoeficus destroyed. In this way, children would be forced to testify against their own parents, sister against sister, neighbor against neighbor. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The Malleus is a historical document therefore reflects the views of some people at a specific time. The treatise often makes references to the Bible and Aristotelian thought, and it is heavily influenced by maleficux philosophical tenets of Neoplatonism.

Amoral and undisciplined, women are governed primarily by passion. This is the most evil text ever written, a title I had previously reserved for Mien Kampf.

All confessions acquired with the use of tortures had to be confirmed: What follows is entirely impressionistic rather than a detailed malkeus or a review as such; so please do bear that in mind. Jun 30, Violeta rated it liked it Shelves: LMFAO No, but seriously, how the hell does someone come up with such whacked-out ideas and believe them to be reality? His eloquence in the pulpit and tireless activity received recognition at Rome and he was the right-hand man of the Archbishop of Salzburg.

The second lays the foundation for the next section by describing the actual forms of witchcraft and its remedies. The late 15th century was also mallejs period of religious turmoil.

Tradition has it that Kramer forged the document that he included with his work, that he and James Sprenger parted ways on bad terms, and that Kramer was denounced by the Inquisition in