Malleus Maleficarum (). translated by Montague Summers []. This is the best known (i.e., the most infamous) of the witch-hunt manuals. Written in Latin. Malleus maleficarum, detailed legal and theological document (c. ) regarded as the standard handbook on witchcraft, including its detection and its. (title page from Lyons edition of Malleus Maleficarum as found in Robbins ). written in by two German Dominicans, Heinrich Kramer and Jakob.

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He is regarded by…. 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 Maxwell-Stewart, Jakob Sprenger was an appointed inquisitor for the Rhinelandtheology professor and a dean at the University of Cologne in Germany.

Previously, those convicted of witchcraft typically suffered penalties no more harsh than public penances such as a day in the stocks[31] but their persecution became more brutal following the publication of the Malleus Maleficarumas witchcraft became widely accepted as a real and dangerous phenomenon.

Between andtwenty maleficaruj of the Malleus Maleficarum were published, and mallleus sixteen between and Satanism, any of various religious or countercultural practices and movements centred on the figure of Satan, the Devil, regarded in Christianity and Judaism as the embodiment of absolute evil. 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.

Archived from the original on The invention of printing some thirty years before the first publication of the Malleus Maleficarum instigated the fervor of witch hunting, and, in the words of Russell, “the swift propagation of the witch hysteria by the press was the first evidence that Gutenberg had not liberated man from original sin.

Some even believe that the Letter of Approbation from the Faculty of Theology of the University of Cologne was a forgery and that when Kramer brought the Malleus Maleficarum before the University of Cologne requesting an endorsement, it was rebuffed.


The Malleus recommended not only torture but also deception in order to obtain confessions: 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 maleficrum day of May, at five in the afternoon or thereabouts, in the third year maleficaruj the Pontificate of Our Lord, the 4186 Holy Father in Christ, Lord Innocent VIII, by Divine Providence Pope, in the presence of my notary public and of the witnesses written below maleficrum 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 mallehs his colleague, the venerable and religious Brother Jacobus Sprenger, also a Professor of Holy Theology and Prior of the Convent of Preachers in Cologne[ Late medieval and early modern Europe sorcery In sorcery.

Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: Keep Exploring Britannica Muhammad. Often the very accusation was enough to see one branded a witch, tried by the Inquisitors’ Court, and burned alive at the stake. God and Satan, Mary and Eve, and men or virgins and women. In the Malleus demons are the ones who tempt humans to sorcery and are the main figures in the witches’ vows. Writers who challenged the Church were arrested for heresy sometimes formerly accepted writers whose works had become unpopular.

This translation is in the public domain. Part II is a compendium of fabulous stories about the activities of witches—e. Lay and secular authorities are called upon to assist the inquisitors in the task of exterminating those whom Satan has enlisted in his cause.

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Return to The Holy Inquisition. 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. The preface also includes an allegedly unanimous approbation from the University of Cologne ‘s Faculty of Malefiacrum.


The Witch-hunt in Early Modern Europe. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: It was in this context that, on December 5,Pope Innocent VIII issued the bull Summis desiderantes affectibus “Desiring with Supreme Ardor”maloeus authorized two zealous German Inquisitors Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger to act as they saw fit in combating the scourge of heresy, witchcraft, and immorality: Everything exists in pairs of opposites: The treatise often makes references to the Bible and Aristotelian thought, and it is heavily influenced by the philosophical tenets of Neoplatonism.

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It was believed mapeficarum they were weaker in faith and more carnal than men. Copies of the Malleus Maleficarum contain a reproduction of a papal bull known as Summis desiderantes affectibus that is addressed to Heinrich Institoris and Jakob Sprenger. Each positive principle in a pair is delineated by its negative pole.

Return to Ancient Manuscripts and Treatises. Written by James Sprenger and Henry Kramer of which maleicarum is knownthe Malleus remained in use for three hundred years. Regardless of the less-than-stellar reception the text received upon its initial publication, it gradually became one of first and most influential handbooks for Protestant and Catholic witch-hunters in late medieval and early modern Europe.

Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies. According to Mackay, this concept of sorcery is characterized by the conviction that those guilty engage in six activities: The treatise describes how women and men become inclined to practice witchcraft.

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