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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Let all those who will read, see or hear the present public document know that in the year since the Birth of Our Lordin the fifth indiction, on Saturday, the nineteenth day of May, at five in malefidarum afternoon or thereabouts, in the third year of the Pontificate of Our Lord, the Most Holy Father in Christ, Lord Innocent VIII, by Divine Providence Pope, in the presence of my notary public and of the witnesses written below who had been specifically summoned and asked for this purpose, the venerable and religious Brother Henricus Institoris, Professor of Holy Theology and member of the Order of Preacherswho was appointed as Inquisitor into Heretical Depravity by the Holy See along with his colleague, the venerable and religious Brother Jacobus Sprenger, also a Professor of Holy Theology and Prior of the Convent of Preachers in Cologne[ They interact with witches, usually sexually.

Between andtwenty editions of the Malleus Maleficarum were published, and another sixteen between conpendium But, if not even thus he can be brought into terror and to the truth, then the next day or the next but one is to be set for a continuation of the tortures — not a repetition, for it must not be repeated unless new evidences produced. If our historical memory mqleficarum be truly purified, then the smoke from the Burning Times can finally disperse.


Kramer received a papal bullSummis desiderantes affectibusin It was believed that they were weaker in faith and more carnal than men. The Nature and Extent of the Force of Imagination.

Instead, it was the effects of magic that mattered most, and harmful magic, the magic most characteristic compeneium witches, belonged to women. Kramer and Sprenger were the first to raise harmful sorcery to the criminal status of heresy. Of the Different Diseases Brought by Demons.

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It was a standard mode of argumentation in scholastic discourse with a long tradition. 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. Kramer saw sex as the root of all sin, as that for which Adam and Eve originally fell.

Of the Witches Pact compensium the Devil. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Jenny Gibbons, a Neo-Pagan and a historian, writes: The book claims that it is normal for all witches “to perform filthy carnal acts with demons. Account Options Sign in. Gender-specific theory developed in the Malleus Maleficarum laid the foundations for widespread consensus in early modern Germany on the evil nature of women as witches.

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This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat Those who did, attributed female witchery to the weakness of body englih mind the old medieval explanation and a few to female sexuality. Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies. 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.

According to the Malleusthe only way a woman can avoid succumbing to her passions — and becoming a witch — is to embrace a life of devout chastity in a religious retreat.


Compendium maleficarum, collected in 3 books from many sources, showing the iniquitous and execrable operations of witches against the human race, and the divine remedies by which they may be frustrated illustration from the original edition. In this part it is briefly explained that prevalence of sorcery cojpendium is a method of Satan’s final assault compndium authors to write the Malleus Maleficarum: Although the Malleus is manifestly a document which displays the cruelty, barbarism, and ignorance of the Inquisition, it has also been interpreted as evidence of compendiuk wide-spread subterranean pagan tradition which worshiped a pre-Christian horned deity, particularly by Margaret Murray.

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The Malleus Maleficarum and the Construction of Witchcraft: The title is translated as “The Hammer of Witches”. This is the point in history where “witchcraft constituted an independent antireligion”. The conception of witches and englidh magic by extension is one of evil. In short, the witch became Satan’s puppet.

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The Malleus Maleficarumed. Tertiary sources Hayes, Stephen But in other regions, for example French-speaking western Switzerland, Protestant rulers were more severe than Catholic overlords in prosecuting witches Monter By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

An Encyclopediapp. The book is rather unclear, but the impetus behind male witches seems to come more from desire for power than from disbelief or englisu, as it claims is the case for female witches. There are few demonologists and writers upon witchcraft who do not refer to its pages as an ultimate authority. It directed Bishop of Strasburg then Albert of Palatinate-Mosbach to accept the authority of Heinrich Kramer as an Inquisitor, although the motivation of the papal bull was likely political.