Published in English. Pages, ISBN · · OCLC · Compendium Maleficarum is a witch-hunter’s manual written in Latin by Francesco Maria. The Malleus Maleficarum, usually translated as the Hammer of Witches, is the best known and Behringer, Werner Tschacher. , English, Malleus Maleficarum – The Witch Hammer, J. Sprenger, H. Kramer, trans. by Montague Summers. Compendium Maleficarum: The Montague Summers Edition. Front Cover . Materializing Gender in Early Modern English Literature and Culture · Will Fisher.

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Fellow Catholics, to whom we are forever bound in the communion of saints, did sin grievously against people accused of witchcraft. Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 3: We, the judge, etc.

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Nonetheless, once the argument was put forward, it took on a life of its own, and people continue to advance arguments in favor of the idea that Sprenger’s involvement was a falsification perpetrated by Institoris, despite the fact that this argument was vitiated from the start. Previously, those convicted of witchcraft typically suffered penalties no more harsh than public penances such as a day in the stocks[31] but their persecution became more brutal following the publication of the Malleus Maleficarumas witchcraft became widely accepted as a real and dangerous phenomenon.

Malleus Maleficarum pp 2 – 3. If our historical memory can be truly purified, then the smoke from the Burning Times can finally disperse. The cold water ordeal, however, would rise again during the witch hunts.

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. Malleus Maleficarum 2 volumes.

Such trials accepted a degree of the miraculous. Kramer received a papal bull Summis desiderantes affectibus in Before it was rare for anyone to be persecuted for witchcraft, but the increasingly common persecution of heresy and failure to fully defeat those heretics paved the way for later criminal prosecution of witchcraft.


Therefore, most 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.

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Malleus Maleficarumtrans. In clergyman Heinrich Kramer made one of the first attempts at prosecuting alleged witches in the Tyrol region.

In short, the witch became Satan’s puppet. Nonetheless, secrets that are heard at any time by inquisitors should not be revealed to everyone. Montague Summers was responsible for the first English translation in Valais witch trials —47 Val Camonica witch trialsNavarre witch trials Polula witch trials Lisbon witch trial Benandanti Fairy witch trials of Sicily Basque witch trials Roermond witch trial Spa witch trial Terrassa witch trials Werewolf witch trials Witch trial of Nogaredo —47 Salzburg witch trials —81 Northern Moravia witch trials Liechtenstein witch trials —82 Szeged witch trials —29 Doruchowo witch trial Secondary sources Mackay, Christopher S.


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The preface also includes an alleged unanimous approbation from the University of Cologne ‘s Faculty of Theology. Some translations ignore the most brutal third section and may be misleading to the reader. It mixes elements borrowed from FormicariusPreceptorium vompendium legis and Lectiones super ecclesiastes The Nature and Extent of the Force of Imagination.

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. They were worthy of presence and patronage of Patriarch of Venice. Actually the Inquisition immediately rejected the legal procedures Kramer recommended and censured the inquisitor himself malefiicarum a few years after the Malleus was published.


It did malefucarum open the door ‘to almost indiscriminate prosecutions’ or even bring about an immediate increase in the number of trials.

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Martha Brossier Labourd witch-hunt of Aix-en-Provence possessions Loudun possessions Louviers possessions Affair of compencium Poisons References to this book Bearing False Witness?: The Hammer of Witches: Kramer was intensely writing and preaching until his death in Bohemia in It stated that witchcraft comppendium magic were just delusions and that those who believed in such things “had been seduced by the Devil in dreams and visions”.

Although authors give many examples of male witchery in the second part of the handbook, those witchcraft trials that are independently confirmed and that were led by Kramer himself are related to persecution of women almost exclusively. It was a standard mode of argumentation in scholastic discourse with a long tradition.

This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat Malefivarum, it was their claim that harmful magic belonged exclusively to women that was new. The Malleus Maleficarum[2] usually translated as the Hammer of Witches[3] [a] is the best known and the most thorough treatise on witchcraft.

Pennsylvania State University Press. For the album, see Malleus Maleficarum album. 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; [24] but the veracity of this clmpendium addition has been questioned by many historians for various reasons.

According to Diarmaid MacCullochwriting the book was Kramer’s act of self-justification and revenge.