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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While this may be a boon to serious scholars, those who are interested in simply reading the work without context will be sorely disappointed. Even his spelling of “maleficarum,” with an a jaleficus a feminine gender instead of the usual masculine-gender “maleficorum” with an o, seems to emphasize his hostility toward women.

The Malleus is a historical document therefore reflects the views of some people at a specific time.

The Malleus Maleficarum by Heinrich Kramer

What follows is entirely impressionistic rather than a detailed exposition or a review as such; so please do bear that in mind.

Martin Luther was also convinced about the reality and evil of witches, and facilitated development of Protestant demonology. The Period of the Witch Trials.

For the post-Enlightenment Christians, the disbelief was based on maleficu belief in rationalism and empiricism. Formal rules for initiating a process of justice are set down: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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: 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.


It was not a success and he was asked to leave the city of Innsbruck.

One of the major contributions of the Malleus Maleficarum was that it popularized the belief of witchcraft as heresy, a crime against God. It was believed that they were weaker in faith and more carnal than men.

Trivia About The Malleus Malef Oct 06, R. Medieval instruments of torture. Witches were usually female.

The Malleus Maleficarum

If this assertion was granted, then the presence of maleficium indicated decisively the presence of a female witch. What really makes me sad, is the fact that this book was used as the textbook for How to Kill Strong Women especially midwives The text argues that women are more susceptible to demonic temptations through the manifold weaknesses of their gender. Witch Hunts in ,aleficus Western World: Indeed, according to the pronouncements of the Holy Doctors it is necessary to admit that such acts can sometimes happen.

I think it was Pope Innocent who commissioned this book and whilst reading it you can really malleys a sense of maleticus fear of women.

How does a witch turn men into beasts? Published June 1st by Dover Publications first published Wikimedia Commons has media related to Malleus Maleficarum. This book of learning duth tell me what place to. Archived copy as title link “Archived copy”. Aug 21, Gary Bonn rated it liked it. However, each of these three sections has the prevailing themes of what is witchcraft and who is a witch. Witch Hunts in Europe amleficus America: It’s not about hunting anything.


The common theme in these demonological treatises is that women were more susceptible to demonic temptation because they were morally weaker than men and more likely, therefore, malkeus succumb to diabolical temptation. Ankarloo and Clark claim that Kramer’s purpose in writing the book was to explain his own views on witchcraft, systematically refute arguments claiming that witchcraft does not exist, discredit those who expressed skepticism about its reality, claim that those who practiced witchcraft were more often women than men, and to convince magistrates to use Kramer’s recommended procedures for finding and convicting witches.

This idea, which dates from the earliest days of Christianity, is expressed most forcefully in the Malleus Maleficarumbut it can be found in many places, even in the sceptical demonological treatise of Johann Weyer. This malleficus is in most cases intensely misogynistic, in makeficus sense that it is demeaning, if not blatantly hostile, to women. We’re Kramer And Sprenger. Salem witch trials —

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