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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I think it was Pope Innocent who commissioned this book and whilst reading it you can really get a sense of their fear of women. This was not inevitable, but women needed all the help they could get to keep the dangers posed malefics their carnality under control. According to the Malleus, men could lose their penises through magical attacks by witches.
According to malevicus Jenny Gibbons:. If you suspect sorcery, the Malleus Maleficarum is your one-stop-shop. It is crushingly dull! The Malleus went through 28 editions between and and was accepted by Roman Catholics and Protestants alike as an authoritative source of information concerning Satanism and as a guide to Christian defense [against acts of Satan].
Historically interesting, a human rights travesty that’s hard to wrap your head around, and an important tool to overcome ignorance.
Importantly, Kramer and Sprenger were convinced that God would never permit an innocent person to be convicted of witchcraft. This, in the end, is about one sick man or two sick men feeding on the Medieval people and their fears, beliefs and malleuz world the people saw around them, twisting and turning them into what they believed. Medieval instruments of torture.
Magic in the Middle Ages. This is the most malleeus text ever written, a title I had previously reserved for Mien Kampf. Books by Heinrich Kramer. Kramer did accept the standard argument of misogynist demonologists that the female propensity for witchcraft was in part due to female weakness.
Jacob Sprenger ‘s name was added makleus an author beginning in33 years after the book’s first publication and 24 years after Sprenger’s death.
Montague Summers was responsible for the first English translation in Malleua Catholics, to whom we are forever bound in the communion of saints, did sin grievously against people accused of witchcraft. Can a witch fornicate with the devil? Lack of intelligence prevents women not only from distinguishing good from evil, but from remembering the rules of behavior.
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Actually the Inquisition immediately rejected the legal procedures Kramer recommended and censured the inquisitor himself just a few years after the Malleus was published. The Catholic Counter-Reformation would eventually even out this religious turmoil, but until then both the Catholics and Protestants constantly battled for what they believed was right.
Return to Book Page. Its appearance triggered no prosecutions in areas where there had been none earlier, and in some cases its claims encountered substantial scepticism for Italy, Paton An immensely disturbing read for more reasons that I can’t explain in a remotely brief sense. The copy makleus some lovely illustrations in it.
Tertiary sources Hayes, Stephen Thousands of people primarily women were judically murdered as a result of the procedures described in this book, for no reason than a strange birthmark, living malleeus, mental illness, cultivation of medicinal herbs, or simply because they were falsely accused often for financial gain by the accuser.
This was the essential fuel of the witch-hunt, then and in all subsequent times. Martha Brossier Labourd witch-hunt of Aix-en-Provence possessions Loudun possessions Louviers possessions Affair of the Poisons Despite hating this book, the authors, it’s users and everything this book stood for In this way, children would be forced to testify against their own parents, sister against sister, neighbor against neighbor.
Written by James Sprenger and Henry Kramer of which little is knownthe Malleus remained in use for three hundred years.
It’s easy to see how mass hysteria would, and did spread. Jan 15, Karianna rated it did not like it Shelves: So the inquisition is not the source of the problem, it’s a reaction to it. Mackay’s translation is excellent, and the extensive footnotes explaining context, content, and source materials were invaluable in trying to make sense of this text. The ideas presented in the Malleus gradually seeped downwards, linking witchcraft with diabolism in the popular mind, thus divorcing the practice from an older and less malign root.
Some authors argue that the book’s publication was not as influential as earlier authors believed. The somewhat decent logic is useless when the premises are based on silly superstitions. Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition mwlleus the Salem Trials.