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The Malleus Maleficarum and the construction of witchcraft

Heinrich Institoris

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719064401
eISBN:
9781781700419
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719064401.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

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 ... More


Introduction: contested categories

Hans Peter Broedel

in The Malleus Maleficarum and the construction of witchcraft

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719064401
eISBN:
9781781700419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719064401.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter reveals the extent to which the category ‘witch’ was contested in late fifteenth-century Germany. In Helena Scheuberin's trial, all the learned men believed in witchcraft. Up to a point, ... More


Imagining Witchcraft in Literature and Law

Michael Ostling

in Between the Devil and the Host: Imagining Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199587902
eISBN:
9780191731228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587902.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Social History

In Poland, the imagined witch was constructed in legal texts and in demonological literature. Witchcraft was illegal under the Saxon Law used by Polish town courts from medieval times, but no state ... More


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