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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The Malleus Maleficarum and the Construction of Witchcraft: Martin Luther was also convinced about the reality and evil of witches, and facilitated development of Protestant demonology.

Instead, the faculty condemned it as being both unethical and illegal. Nevertheless, many historians have argued that it is well established by sources outside the “Malleus” that the university’s theology faculty condemned the book for unethical procedures and for contradicting Catholic theology on a number of important points: It differs from earlier conceptions of witchcraft that were much more generalized.

Therefore, most women are doomed to become witches, who cannot be redeemed; and the only recourse open to malleux authorities is to ferret out and exterminate all witches.

Malleus Maleficarum – David Elio Malocco

Its direct purport was simply to ratify the powers already conferred upon Henry Institoris and James Sprenger, inquisitors, to deal with persons of every class and with every form of crime for example, with witchcraft as well as heresyand it called upon the Bishop of Strasburg to lend the inquisitors all possible support.

The section begins by exposing the multifarious powers of witches, and then goes on to detail their recruitment strategies. Marija Gimbutasprofessor of archaeology at the University of California, that as many as 9 million people, overwhelmingly womenwere burned or hanged during the witch-craze. New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards. In many ways, it could be said that it helped to validate the Inquisition itself.

The Malleus achieved such a height of influence and popularity for two primary reasons, one socio-cultural, the other technological. The Malleus also mentions astrology and astronomy, which had recently been reintroduced to the West through the ancient works of Pythagoras.

Contents 1 Composition 2 Contents 2. While the Malleus itself cannot be blamed for the Inquisition or the horrors inflicted upon mankind by the Inquisitors, it certainly played an important role. The questions, definitions, and accusations it set forth in regard to witches, which were reinforced by its use during the Inquisition, came to be widely regarded as irrefutable truth.


Text of approbation mentions that during proceedings Institoris had a letter from Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor which is summarized in the approbation: It is beyond the scope of this article to adequately examine the role of the Malleus in world history, or its lasting effects.

All confessions acquired with the use of tortures had to be confirmed: It set into the general Christian consciousness, for all time, a belief in the existence of witches as a real and valid threat to the Christian world. The Malleus was the work of two Dominicans: The third section is to assist judges confronting and combating witchcraft, and to aid the inquisitors by removing the burden from them.

Malleus Maleficarum

Part 3 is chiefly concerned with the legal aspects of trying and convicting witches. Cambridge University Press, Joseph Hansen, a historian who malefucarum appalled by the witch-craze and those who carried it out, proposed that coauthorship ma,leus Sprenger was a falsehood presented by Institoris Kramer and that approbation is partially a forgery.

It made very real the threat of one being branded a heretic, simply by virtue of one’s questioning of the existence of witches and, thus, the validity of the Inquisition.

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. If our historical memory can be truly purified, then the smoke from the Burning Times can finally disperse. Maleficaru are two signings, sometimes also referenced as two approbations.

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Technologically speaking, the text of the Malleus Maleficarum was able to spread throughout Europe so rapidly in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century due to the innovation of the printing press in the middle of the fifteenth century by Johannes Gutenberg. The arguments are clearly laid for the lay magistrates with a step-by-step guide to the conduct of the prosecution in a witch trial.

Its effects were even felt in the New World, where the last gasp of the Inquisition was felt in the English settlements in America most notably in Salem, Massachusetts during the Salem Witch Trials. Gender-specific theory developed in the Malleus Maleficarum laid the foundations for widespread consensus in early modern Germany on the evil nature ma,leus women as witches.

Malleus Maleficarum

Internet URLs are the best. Theologians and jurists respected it as one among many informative books; its particular savage misogyny and its obsession with impotence were never fully accepted”, Monter, The Sociology of Jura Witchcraftin The Witchcraft Readerp. Strixology in the Malleus Maleficarum is characterized by a very specific conception of what a witch is, one that differs dramatically from earlier times.


The section offers a step-by-step guide to the conduct of a witch trial, from the method of initiating the process and assembling accusations, to the interrogation including torture of witnesses, and the formal charging of the accused.

Scientists were branded heretics by virtue of repudiating certain tenets of Christian belief most notably Galileo, whose theories on the nature of planets and gravitational fields was initially branded heretical. The Dominican monks Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger assembled many fairy tales and magic stories, nightmares, hearsay, confessions and accusations and put this all together as factual information in what became the handbook for the witch hunters, examiners, torturers and executioners, called the Malleus Maleficaruma title which was translated as Hammer of Witches.

However, according to Brauner, they are combined to produce new meanings and result in a comprehensive theory.

The name is Latin for the Hammer of Witches. The history of earlier contributions by wikipedians is accessible to researchers here:. In Heinrich Kramer had made one of the first attempts at prosecuting alleged witches in the Tyrol region.

Protector of the suppressed, repressed, depressed and oppressed. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed.

It did not open the door ‘to almost indiscriminate prosecutions’ or even bring about an immediate increase in the number of trials. It allegedly gave full papal approval for the Inquisition to prosecute what was deemed to be witchcraft in general and also gave individual authorizations to Kramer and Dominican Friar Jacob Sprenger specifically. And they shall also have full and entire liberty to propound and preach to the faithful Word of God, as often as it shall seem to them fitting and proper, in each and all of the parosh churches in the said provinces, and to do all things necessary and suitable under the aforesaid circumstances, and likewise freely and fully to carry them out.

The fact is that it is more than likely that Kramer fraudulently misrepresented the bull as an endorsement of his book, but it was not.

He is regarded by…. In addition, Mackay points out that allegations raised in support of this theory that supposedly two of the signatories had not in fact signed the approbation are unsubstantiated.

The diatribe is divided into three sections.

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