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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The Malleus Maleficarum

God and Satan, Mary and Eve, and men or virgins and women. Cambridge University Press, Archived copy as title link “Archived copy”.

A similar response is offered by the author of the first translation of the Malleus into English Montague Summers. Fellow Catholics, mzlleus whom we are forever bound in the communion of saints, did sin grievously against people accused of witchcraft.

The book had a strong influence on culture for several centuries. The truth is Kramer and Sprenger’s ideas were not widely accepted even during their time. Refresh and try again.

It differs from earlier conceptions of witchcraft that were much more generalized. Trivia About The Malleus Malef The Malleus Maleficarum was intended to implement Exodus Feb 23, David rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The Malleus Maleficarum. Actually the Inquisition immediately rejected the legal procedures Kramer recommended and censured the inquisitor himself just a few years after the Malleus was published.


According to the date on a document, the papal bull had been issued intwo years before the Malleus Maleficarum was finished. The judge must then address to the prisoners the following sentence: This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat Basque Witchcraft and the Spanish Inquisition.

Jacob Sprenger malefifus 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 late addition has been questioned by many historians for various reasons. Each positive mwleficus in a pair is delineated by its negative pole. Archived from the original on It had tremendous influence in the witch trials in England and on the continent.

I read this book for a college class on the history of gender and sexuality. The arguments are clearly laid for the lay magistrates prosecuting witches. In this conception, a witch was a maloeus of “a malevolent society presided over by Satan himself and dedicated to the infliction of malevolent acts of sorcery maleficia on others.


It’s not about hunting anything. The translator was a raving lunatic. Any rating here, like a rating of a work like Mein Kampfalso seems gratuitously unnecessary, serving almost like a papal imprimatur! Secular courts, not inquisitorial ones, resorted to the Malleus. View all 4 comments. We’re Kramer And Sprenger. 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 Maleficarum by Heinrich Kramer

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.

Amoral and undisciplined, women are governed primarily by passion. Importantly, Kramer and Sprenger were convinced that God would never permit an innocent person to be convicted mxleficus witchcraft. Feb 23, Walt rated it liked it Shelves:

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