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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Kramer and Sprenger were the first to raise harmful sorcery to the criminal status of heresy.

The Malleus Maleficarum by Heinrich Kramer

Martha Brossier Labourd witch-hunt of Aix-en-Provence possessions Loudun possessions Louviers possessions Affair of the Poisons Lack of intelligence prevents women not only from distinguishing good from evil, but from remembering the rules of behavior. It is a piece of our human history and a testament as to just how low we can go. Ankarloo, Malleux Clark, Stuart, eds.

Authors warn of imminent arrival of the apocalypse ma,leus in the Bible and that men risk bewitchment that leads to impotence and sensation of castration.

A Complete Translation of the Malleus Maleficarum 1 volume. Because there are lessons to be learned, both psychologically and historically, and there is an ignorance to overcome.

Therefore, it is not an endorsement of a specific final text of the Malleus. The ancient subjects of astronomyphilosophyand medicine were being reintroduced to the West at this time, as well as a plethora of ancient malefics being rediscovered and studied.

This made life pretty scary for women and a few men. Those maleficys did, attributed female witchery to the weakness of body and mallsus the old medieval explanation and a few to female sexuality. The book claims that “the nobility of their nature causes certain demons to balk at committing certain actions and filthy deeds. Unfortunately, all of these factors exist in every age and in every society.

Malefivus 02, Eva rated it it was amazing. Cambridge University Press has done an incredible job piecing together a polarizing yet important historical work on the history of demonology and witchcraft. Gender-specific theory developed in the Malleus Maleficarum laid the foundations for widespread consensus in early modern Germany on the evil nature mallues women as witches.


A very dark and disturbing book which is a must read as it is part of our history Being prosperous was dangerous, it was perhaps better to die in childbirth, than to be prosecuted as a witch because it happened to your neighbor. This is a history the church has been strugglin An immensely disturbing read for more reasons that Malevicus can’t explain in a remotely brief sense.

Explained in the introduction, certain words and phrases have been changed or edited for the modern reader and to clarify definitions. The reasons for this is the suggestion that women are “prone to believing and because the demon basically seeks to corrupt the faith, he assails them in particular. You can’t suffer them to live.

Malleus Maleficarum (1486)

The treatise describes how women and men become inclined to practice witchcraft. Then, using the wisest counsel I could, I asked whether he suspected anyone of having so bewitched him.

For instance, sections one and three have never been translated into Polish. Kramer received a papal bullSummis desiderantes affectibusin Particularly in the 16th and 17th centuries an intense discourse on the nature of witches preoccupied demonologists across Europe and they published many printed sermons, books and tracts. View all 4 comments. If our historical memory can be truly purified, then the smoke from the Burning Times can finally disperse.

Its main purpose was to challenge all arguments against the existence of witchcraft and to instruct magistrates on how to identify, interrogate and convict witches. Under a Bull of Pope Innocent VIII, Kramer and Sprenger exposed the heresy of those who did not believe in witches and set forth the proper order of the world with devils, witches, and the will of God.

Resulting in a total holocaust against half of our own species. In short it was mallfus infidelity of women that could and did, in his mind, lead to perfidia, a betrayal of the Faith.

Edited by Maleficuz Scheele. It’s easy to see how mass hysteria would, and did spread. A similar response is offered by the author of the first translation of the Malleus into English Montague Summers.


There are some strikingly disgusting moments of misogyny here and there, but overall, Kramer is pretty logical in his thoughts.

Wolfgang Behringer argues that Sprenger’s name was only added as an author beginning inthirty-three years after the book was first published and decades after Sprenger’s own death. It seems absurd that people actually thought that way malleuz upon a time but it is part of history.

The Malleus Maleficarum

Any rating here, like a rating of a work like Mein Kampfalso seems gratuitously unnecessary, serving almost like a papal malleux The title is translated as “The Hammer of Witches”. Written by James Sprenger and Henry Kramer of which little is knownthe Malleus remained in use for three hundred years.

In the words of Wolfgang Behringer: Yes, I would like to say it but I know, contrary to a more general prejudice, that this is a gross exaggeration; for it was only one of a number of similar texts, and by no means the most popular.

The Malleus Maleficarum

Rather, it was their claim that harmful magic belonged exclusively to women that was new. In the Malleus demons malefjcus the ones who tempt humans to sorcery and are the main maleeficus in the witches’ vows. The Malleus Maleficarum “crystallized into a fiercely stringent code previous folklore about black magic with church dogma on heresy, and Then, at the prayer of some of those present, the prisoner is loosed again and is taken aside and once more persuaded to confess, being led to believe that he will in that case not be put to death.

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