Malleus Maleficarum: The Witch Hammer

Malleus Maleficarum: The Witch Hammer


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The Malleus Maleficarum is a seminal treatise regarding witchcraft and demons, presented here complete with an authoritative translation to modern English by Montague Summers.

At the time this book was published in 1487, the Christian church had considered witchcraft a dangerous affront to the faith for many centuries. Executions of suspected witches were intermittent, and various explanations of behaviors deemed suspect were thought to be caused by possession, either by the devil or demon such as an incubus or succubus.

Kramer wrote this book after he had tried and failed to have a woman executed for witchcraft. Unhappy at the verdict of the court, he authored the Malleus Maleficarum as a manual for other witch seekers to refer to. For centuries the text was used by Christians as a reference source on matters of demonology, although it was not used directly by the Inquisition who became notorious for their tortures and murders.

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ISBN-13: 9781387939657
Publication date: 07/11/2018
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 606,565
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Heinrich Kramer (also known under Latinised name Heinrich Institoris, c. 1430-1505) was a German churchman and inquisitor. James Sprenger (also Jacob, Jakob, Jacobus, 1436/1438 - 1494) was a Swiss priest. He was born near Basel. Augustus Montague Summers (10 April 1880 - 10 August 1948) was an eccentric English author and clergyman. He is known primarily for his 1928 English translation of the medieval witch hunter's manual, the Malleus Maleficarum, as well as for several studies on witches, vampires, and werewolves, in all of which he professed to believe. Vince Wilson is an author, freelance writer and paranormal researcher.

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