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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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The Witch-hunt in Early Modern Europe.

Malleus Maleficarum (1486)

Latin Wikisource has original text related to this article: The same day Sprenger became successor to Jacob Strubach as provincial superior October 19,he obtained permission from his general, Joaquino Turriani, to lash out adversus m[agistrum] Henricum Institoris inquisitorem against Master Heinrich Kramer, inquisitor. Authors naively assumed that the book painted an accurate picture of how the Inquisition tried witches.

Media related eenglish Compendium Maleficarum at Wikimedia Commons.

The arguments are clearly laid for the lay magistrates prosecuting witches. This translation is in the public domain.

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During the Age of Enlightenmentbelief in the powers of witches to harm began to die out in the West. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Its appearance triggered no prosecutions in areas where there amleficarum been none earlier, and in some cases its claims encountered substantial scepticism for Italy, Paton Jacob Sprenger ‘s name was added as an author beginning in33 years after the book’s englizh publication and 24 years after Sprenger’s death.


Instead, its inclusion implicitly legitimizes the handbook by providing general confirmation of the reality of witchcraft and full authority to Sprenger and Institoris in their preachings and proceedings: Witches were usually female.

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It was a standard mode of argumentation in scholastic discourse with a long tradition. Kramer received a papal bull Summis desiderantes affectibus in Of Vulgar Purgation by Fire. Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 3: An Encyclopediapp.

This article about a manuscript is a stub. In modern times, the book has often been viewed as a typical inquisitorial manual, a perception that many historians have refuted.

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. The Malleus was used as a judicial case-book for the detection and persecution of witches, specifying rules of evidence and the canonical procedures by which suspected witches were tortured and put to death.

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.

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The major reason is that at the foundation of sorcery is denial of faith and “woman, therefore, is evil as a result of nature because she doubts more quickly in the faith. God and Satan, Mary and Eve, and men or virgins and women. He had enormous responsibilities.


According to Diarmaid MacCullochwriting the book was Kramer’s act of self-justification and revenge. Authors warn of imminent arrival of the apocalypse foretold in the Bible and that men risk bewitchment that leads to impotence and sensation of castration.

Such trials accepted a degree of the miraculous.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Commons category link is on Wikidata All stub articles. A Complete Translation of the Amleficarum Maleficarum 1 volume.

Some authors argue that the book’s publication was not as influential as earlier authors believed. Jacob Sprenger ‘s name fompendium 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 late addition has been questioned by many historians for various reasons.

Amoral and undisciplined, women are governed primarily by passion.