Malleus Maleficarum [NOOK Book]

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First written in 1486 by zealous Inquisitors of the Catholic Church, "The Witch Hammer" came to be the witch-hunting handbook of the fifteenth century. Its main purpose was to refute doubts of the existence of witchcraft, though it proceeds to prove women more susceptible than men, as well as to outline procedures that allowed law enforcers to discover and convict witches. Because of the papal bull acknowledging the validity of this previously pagan belief, the persecution of alleged witches became widespread and...
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Overview

First written in 1486 by zealous Inquisitors of the Catholic Church, "The Witch Hammer" came to be the witch-hunting handbook of the fifteenth century. Its main purpose was to refute doubts of the existence of witchcraft, though it proceeds to prove women more susceptible than men, as well as to outline procedures that allowed law enforcers to discover and convict witches. Because of the papal bull acknowledging the validity of this previously pagan belief, the persecution of alleged witches became widespread and brutal with the printing of "Malleus Maleficarum" on the recently invented printing press. Though some of the claims in this work are perhaps humorous to the modern reader, countless individuals lost their lives due to the prevalence of this book throughout late Medieval Europe, and today it can serve as a both a collection of superstitious folklore and a warning against mass hysteria and ignorance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420924350
  • Publisher: Neeland Media LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 923,109
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    If you are looking for a book to help you gain an understanding of what it was like for women during the witch hunting days, this is it. A very detailed source of information.

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  • Posted April 3, 2010

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    THE MALLEUS MALEFICARUM... The 15th century's 'Witches hammer'...

    I picked up the MALLEUS MALEFICARUM while still an undergrad... I thought it would be a laugher... Ignorant 15th century priests looking for witches and such. What a silly thing, incomprehensible to the modern mind. This book is NOT a laugher! Quite to the contrary, it gave me my first glimpse into the ironclad perfection of the intellectual medieval mind... Especially the one bent on 'evil'. Kramer and Sprenger weave an intricate and sophisticated web around the reader. This book actually has the power to possess, so tread carefully and don't get 'into it' too much. Their explanation of the "sin against the Holy Ghost" contained in Part One; Question V is certainly worth the price of the book. For me it was one of those formative reads that actually changed my way of thinking; not so much about witches as about that mysterious medieval mind... PLEASE NOTE: Malleus is not an easy read... plan on having a dictionary near by...

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