Demonolatry: An Account of the Historical Practice of Witchcraft

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In an era when the church and its people actually believed in a universal infection of heresy and sorcery, they turned to this book for guidance. Daemonolatreiae, first published in France in 1595, was the leading witchcraft handbook of its day. In addition to defining the black arts and their practitioners?making it possible to "recognize" witches?it offered civil and religious authorities directives for persecution of the accused and punishment of the condemned.
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In an era when the church and its people actually believed in a universal infection of heresy and sorcery, they turned to this book for guidance. Daemonolatreiae, first published in France in 1595, was the leading witchcraft handbook of its day. In addition to defining the black arts and their practitioners—making it possible to "recognize" witches—it offered civil and religious authorities directives for persecution of the accused and punishment of the condemned.
This book amplified and updated Malleus Maleficarum, the 1486 opus that established trial procedures for charges of heresy and witchcraft. Its author, Nicolas Remy, was a notorious magistrate who boasted of having personally condemned and burned hundreds of witches. Remy's collection of notes, opinions, and court records features lurid details of satanic pacts and sexual perversity as well as the particulars of numerous trials. A work of tremendous historical significance, this volume is complemented by an introduction and notes by Montague Summers, a celebrated occult historian and expert on witchcraft and supernatural lore.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486461373
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 1/11/2008
  • Series: Dover Occult Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 942,114
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication
To the Courteous Reader
Gratulatory Verses
Editor's Introduction
Editor's Foreword
The 1st Book
1. The Inducements by which men may first be led astray by Demons....
2. How Demons prepare, for those whom they have won by their Cunning....
3. That Witches can with safety anoint their Hands with their entire Bodies with their Magic Ointments....
4. That when Demons first approach their Followers, they bring them Money....
5. That it is not enough for Demons to hold Men bound and fettered by a Verbal Oath....
6. That Demons lie with Men, but in a Manner which is Cold, Joyless....
7. That Demons condense for themselves a Body out of some Matter and assume the Shapes of various Living Things....
8. That Demons use the Speech of the Women with whom they Converse....
9. That Satan often Deludes men by an Appearances of Righteousness....
10. The essential Filthiness of Demons is proved by the Fact that their Appearance is always accompanied by a Loathsome Stench....
11. That Witches, just as they are said to have done in Ancient Heathen Days....
12. That when Witches mean to Fly to their Sabbat....
13. That there are many Faults for which the Demons bring Witches to task with the utmost Severity....
14. That Witches do often really and in fact Travel to their Nocturnal Synagogues....
15. That all kinds of Persons attend the Nocturnal Assemblies of Demons in Large Numbers....
16. That the Food placed before Witches at their Banquets is Tasteless and Mean....
17. That the Dances, which were in Ancient Days performed in the Worship of Demons....
18. That Witches bind themselves by a Solemn Oath, which they repeat after the Demon himself....
19. However joyless and even ridiculous the Songs and Dances at the Demons' Assemblies....
20. That Demons order their Assemblies after the Manner of Men....
21. That Demons often send upon the Fruits and Crops great Numbers of Small Animals of Different Sorts....
22. That Witches must always have to report some Fresh Injury worked upon a Fellow creature since their last Meeting....
23. That Demons change themselves for the time into the Shapes of Various Animals according to their Requirements....
24. The Transvection of Men through the Air by Good Angels....
25. However incredible it may appear, yet all Witches with one Voice declare that they are often endued by their Demons with the Power of raising the Clouds....
26. The Sounds of Bell, because they call men to Holy Prayer....
27. that which is struck by Lightning is often seen to be Marked and Scored as it were by Claws.....
28. They are in Error who, following the Epicureans....
29. Not only are Witches, as has already been said, carried through the Air by Demons....
The 2nd Book
1. That it is not in the Demon's Power to recall the Souls ofo the Dead to their Bodies....
2. The Taint of Witchcraft is often passed on as it were by Contagion by infected Parents to their Children.....
3. That Witches make Evil Use of Human Corpses....
4. That the Snares set by Witches for Mankind can with the greatest Difficulty be avoided.....
5. That the much-talked-of Examples of Metamorphosis, both in Ancient and Recent Times, were true in Appearance only....
6. That Satan often compels his Subjects to be accessory to his Dark Deeds....
7. Examples of the Various Ills that Witches secretly bring upon Men....
8. The Herbs, Powder, Straws, and other such Trash which Witches strew on the Ground are a certain Cause of Death or Illness....
9. For what Reason it is that the Devil often demands the Witches' Consent when he is Plotting and contriving Evil against anyone....
10.-15. More Examples to the same Effect....
The 3rd Book
1. That when we would have the Saints to be the Authors of Sicknesses.....
2. More of the Cunning of Demons in Destroying and Polluting Mankind
3. That there is nothing which can so quickly and effectively induce Witches to remove an Evil Spell....
4. That the Cures of Demons are always disguised under some Appearance of Religion....
5. That there are many Obstacles which are admitted by Witches to hinder them from Curing the Ills which they have brought upon Others.....
6. Thath as an End to a Life of every Crime and Impiety, the Demon insistently urges and impels his Subjects to kill themselves with their own Hand....
7. Some further Examples in Illustration of the above Argument
8. That the Demon's Grip is very Tenacious and cannot easily be loosed once it has taken a Hold....
9. That there are many methods used by the Judges of our Day before they bring a Witch to the Torture....
10. That Knowledge of the Future belongs to God....
11. That it need not seem marvellous to anyone that the Demons remain with their Disciples even during the Sessions of the Court.....
12. That they are in Error who deny that Witches ought to be punished at all....
 

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