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Author Mackay, Christopher S
Title The Hammer of Witches : A Complete Translation of the Malleus Maleficarum
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009
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Note Cover -- Half-title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Introduction -- Authors -- Purpose of the work -- Composition and publication of the work -- Justification -- Bull -- Approbation -- Part 1 -- Part 2 -- Part 3 -- Separate publication of the bull and approbation -- Outline of the work -- Sources -- Disputed questions -- Intellectual context -- Satanism -- Elaborated theory of sorcery as described in the Malleus -- Role of omnipotent God in sorcery -- Role of women in sorcery -- Historical background -- Inquisition -- Torture in the "inquisitorial" method of investigation -- Contemporary magical practices -- Overall assessment of the malleus -- Malleus as evidence for contemporary practices -- Suggestions for further reading -- Notes on the translation -- (a) Method of making references to the text -- (b) Sources not from canon law -- (c) Citations of canon law -- (d) Outlining of the disputed questions -- (e) Remarks on certain words in the translation -- (f) Difficulties with grammatical gender -- The Hammer of Witches -- Structure of the text -- Part one -- Part two -- Part three -- Author's justification of the "hammer for sorceresses" -- The text of the apostolic bull against the heresy of sorceresses, together with the approbation and subscription of the doctors of the beneficent university of cologne concerning the following treatise, begins with good fortune -- The approbation of the following treatise and the signatures thereunto of the doctors of the illustrious university of cologne follows in the form of a public document -- Part I -- Question one -- Question two -- Question three of part one -- Question four: by which demons such practices are carried out -- There is, therefore, a question about the influences of the heavenly bodies, in which three other errors are refuted, and this is question five
Next, that such effects cannot be caused through expressions and words with the co-operation of the virtue of the stars, either -- There follows a discussion of sorceresses subordinating themselves to demons (it is question six according to the enumeration) -- What sort of women are more often found to be superstitious and sorceresses -- The question concerning whether sorceresses can turn the minds of men to love or hatred (being the seventh in order) -- The manner of propounding the foregoing discussion about the love felt for a mistress in sermons to the congregation -- The responses to the arguments follow -- Question eight: whether sorceresses can impede the faculty to procreate (the sexual act), | which is the kind of sorcery mentioned in the bull -- Incidentally, some doubtful points are explained -- Question nine: whether sorceresses work on male members through the illusion of conjuring as if these limbs were completely pulled out of the body -- How sorcery can be distinguished from a natural defect -- Solutions to the arguments -- Tenth question: whether sorceresses work on humans by turning them into the shapes of beasts through the art of conjuring -- Solutions to the arguments -- What view should be held about wolves, who on occasion snatch people and children from cradles and eat them -- whether this too is made to appear by sorceresses through the art of conjuring -- Question eleven: that in various ways midwife sorceresses kill the fetuses in the womb and cause miscarriages, and when they do not do this, they offer the new-borns to demons -- Regarding divine permission, it is explained that God could not have bestowed on a creature the quality of being without sin by nature
An explanation is given regarding the two forms of divine permission justly granted by god, as a result of which the works of sorcerers are justly permitted, namely the devil's sinning as the originator of every evil and also the fall of the first… -- Solutions to the arguments -- It is explained that the sins of the sorcerers are more serious than those of the evil angels and of the first ancestors, and consequently many innocent people are now suffering losses and being affected by sorcery because of the sins of sorcerers… -- That sorceresses deserve the most serious | penalties compared to all the criminals in the world -- Question fifteen: it is explained that on account of the sins of sorceresses, innocent people are often affected by sorcery, though sometimes this is also because of their own sins -- Question sixteen: | the foregoing truth is specifically explained by comparing the works of sorceresses to other varieties of superstition -- The seventeenth question is in explanation of the fourteenth, comparing the seriousness of the crime to any sins on the part of demons -- The solutions to the arguments also explain the truth through comparison -- There follows the method of preaching against the five arguments of laymen, by which various among them imagine that they prove that god does not permit such power to the devil and sorceresses in connection with inflicting such acts of sorcery -- Part II -- Part two of the work begins -- On the different methods by which demons allure and entice the innocent through sorceresses to increase this form of breaking the faith -- Chapter One -- There follows a discussion of the method of making a sacrilegious avowal -- Chapter Two -- For an explanation of the way they do homage a few things should be noticed -- On the method by which they are transferred in location from place to place -- Chapter Three
There follows a discussion of the method by which they subordinate themselves to incubus demons -- Chapter Four -- How sorceresses practice carnal acts with incubus demons in the present day, and how they are increased in number as a result of these acts -- Whether the incubus demon always releases a seed when he accosts the sorceress -- Whether at one time rather than another, and similarly about the place -- Whether visibly both from the point of view of the sorceress and in terms of the by-standers -- That incubus demons harass not merely women begotten from their filthy acts or those offered up by midwives but any women at all without distinction, with greater or lesser sexual pleasure -- The general way in which sorceresses practice their acts of sorcery through the sacraments of the church and on the way in which they impede the force of procreation or produce any other defects in any creations, except for the heavenly bodies -- Chapter Five -- The method by which they impede the force of procreation -- Chapter Six -- The way in which they take away male members -- Chapter Seven -- The methods by which they change humans into the shapes of wild beasts -- Chapter Eight -- How demons exist inside bodies and heads without causing harm when they work changes involving conjuring -- Chapter Nine -- The method by which demons sometimes inhabit humans in substance through the workings of sorceresses -- Chapter Ten -- The method by which they can inflict every kind of illness (in general terms about the more serious illnesses) -- Chapter Eleven -- The method by which they inflict other quite similar illnesses in particular on humans -- Chapter Twelve -- The method by which midwife sorceresses inflict greater losses when they either kill babies or offer them to demons by dedicating them with a curse -- Chapter Thirteen
There follows a discussion of the method by which sorceresses inflict various forms of harm on domestic animals -- Chapter Fourteen -- The method by which they stir up hailstorms and rainstorms and also make lightning strike humans and domestic animals -- Chapter Fifteen -- The three methods by which men and not women are found to be tainted with acts of sorcery (in three chapters, the first concerning archer sorcerers) -- There follows basic division two of the present part two, which concerns the methods of removing and curing acts of sorcery, with an introductory difficulty -- Ecclesiastical remedy against incubus and succubus demons -- Chapter One -- Remedies for those who are affected with sorcery in the power of procreation -- Chapter Two -- Remedies for people affected by sorcery in terms of irregular love or hatred -- Chapter Three -- Remedies for those from whom the male member has been removed through the magical art and for the instances when humans are transformed into animals -- Chapter Four -- Remedies for those under siege as a result of sorcery -- Chapter Five -- Remedies through lawful exorcisms of the church against any illnesses inflicted by sorceresses, and the method of exorcizing people affected by sorcery -- Chapter Six -- Remedies against hailstorms and for domestic animals affected by sorcery -- Chapter Seven -- Certain hidden remedies against certain hidden vexations on the part of demons -- Chapter Eight -- Remedy when someone vows himself entirely to a demon out of regard for temporal advantage -- Part III -- Part three of the entire work follows, which concerns the methods of exterminating them or at least punishing them through due justice in the ecclesiastical and civil court. it will have thirty-five questions, with a general introductory one added… -- Question one: the method of initiating the proceedings
Question two: the number of witnesses
The only complete, reliable English translation of this famous fifteenth-century text
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Mackay, Christopher S. The Hammer of Witches : A Complete Translation of the Malleus Maleficarum Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,c2009 9780521747875
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