The ‘Malleus Maleficarum‘ and the construction of witchcraft: Theology and popular belief

@inproceedings{Broedel2003TheM,
  title={The ‘Malleus Maleficarum‘ and the construction of witchcraft: Theology and popular belief},
  author={Hans Peter Broedel},
  year={2003}
}
What was witchcraft? Were witches real? How should witches be identified? How should they be judged? Towards the end of the Middle Ages these were serious and important questions - and completely new. Between 1430 and 1500, a number of learned "witch-theorists" attempted to provide the answers to such questions and of these perhaps the most famous are the Dominican inquisitors Heinrich Institoris and Jacob Sprenger, the authors of the "Malleus Maleficarum" (The Hammer of Witches). The "Malleus… Expand
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