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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In the Spanish Inquisition cautioned its members not to believe everything the Malleus said, even when it presented apparently firm evidence. Therefore such claims are dubious, at best. 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.

Oct 02, sologdin rated it it was ok Shelves: First of all, the introduction is much crazier than the actual book. Nonetheless, he mentions briefly that it was questioned whether Kramer or Sprenger contributed more to the work.

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. When the member is in no way stirred, and can never perform the act of coition, this is a sign of frigidity of nature; but when it is stirred and becomes erect, but yet cannot perform, it is a sign of witchcraft. Too bad his whole frame of reference is way off. The book claims that it is normal for all witches “to perform filthy carnal acts with demons.


Strappado tortureRack tortureand Category: And the young man said that he did suspect someone, but that she was absent and living in Worms. Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition through the Salem Trials. In his introduction, he ignores completely the theory that joint authorship or approbation could be a mystification. Even family members who would speak for the accused would be hailed as accomplices. The only thing that surprised me about this book was the reaction I got from random people as I walked through life carrying this book around working to get it read on a double paced summer class schedule.

This is a history the church has been struggling with well before this book’s initial publication in the late 15th century: 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 a wide-spread subterranean pagan tradition which worshiped a pre-Christian horned deity, particularly by Margaret Murray. You can’t suffer them to live.

This book is a clear codification of th I read this book for a college class on the history maleficu gender and sexuality. Return to Book Page.

Malleus Maleficarum (1486)

Dec 02, Eva rated it it was amazing. Physically, the maleficjs is exceedingly heavy for its size, with weighted gloss paper, so it is most likely a homebound edition for the desk rather than light, digestible reading on the go. Mackay explains the terminology at length — sorcerer is used to preserve the relationship of the Latin terminology.


The Hammer of Witches: What the review below fails to mention is that some studies estimate that up to 2 million women were killed during the European witch hunts thanks largely to this book. In the words of Wolfgang Behringer: Isn’t that a no-no for today’s religious?

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The text argues that women are more susceptible to maleicus temptations through the manifold weaknesses of their gender. It was a standard mode of argumentation in scholastic discourse with a long tradition. View all 7 comments.

Malleus Maleficarum – Wikipedia

In this way, children would be forced to testify against their own parents, sister against sister, neighbor against neighbor. Such a quotable book tbh. To ask other readers questions about The Malleus Maleficarumplease sign up.

The book had a strong influence on culture for several centuries. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The attendants obey forthwith, yet with feigned agitation.

One would expect, however, that had such a document been forged, Mr. The Malleus Maleficarum[2] usually translated as the Hammer of Witches[3] [a] is the best known and the most thorough treatise on witchcraft.