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The Malleus Maleficarum and the construction of witchcraft
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The Malleus Maleficarum and the construction of witchcraft

Heinrich Institoris

Abstract

The Malleus Maleficarum is one of the best-known treatises dealing with the problem of what to do with witches. Written in 1487 by a Dominican inquisitor, Heinrich Institoris, following his failure to prosecute a number of women for witchcraft, it is in many ways a highly personal document, full of frustration at official complacency in the face of a spiritual threat, as well as being a practical guide for law-officers who have to deal with a cunning, dangerous enemy. Combining theological discussion, illustrative anecdotes and useful advice for those involved in suppressing witchcraft, the tr ... More

Keywords: Malleus Maleficarum, witches, Heinrich Institoris, witchcraft, Montague Summers, late medieval text, treatises, Dominican inquisitor, official complacency, spiritual threat

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780719064401
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719064401.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heinrich Institoris, author