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THE MALLEUS MALIFICARUM
of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger
THE FIRST PART - treating of the three necessary
concomitants of witchcraft which are the devil, a witch, and the
permission of almighty god
- Question I. Whether the Belief that there are such Beings as Witches
is so Essential a Part of the Catholic Faith that Obstinacy to
maintain the Opposite Opinion manifestly savours of Heresy. page 1
- Question II. If it be in Accordance with the Catholic Faith to
maintain that in Order to bring about some Effect of Magic, the Devil
must intimately co-operate with the Witch, or whether one without the
other, that is to say, the Devil without the Witch, or conversely,
could produce such an Effect. 12 ...
- Question VI Concerning witches who copulate with devils. Why is it
that women are chiefly addicted to evil superstitions?
- Question VII Whether witches can sway the minds of men to love or
- Question VIII Whether witches can hebetate the powers of generation
or obstruct the venereal act.
- Question IX Whether Witches may work some Prestidigitatory Illusion
so that the Male Organ appears to be entirely removed and separate
from the Body.
- Question X Whether Witches can by some Glamour Change Men into
- Question XI That witches who are midwives in various ways kill the
child conceived in the womb, and procure an abortion; or if they do
not this, offer new-born children to devils.
THE SECOND PART - treating of the methods by
which the works of witchcraft are wrought and directed, and how they may
be successfully annulled and dissolved
Resolved in but two Questions, yet these are divided into many Chapters.
- Question I. Of those against whom the Power of Witches availeth not
- Chapter III. How they are Transported from Place to Place.
- Chapter IV. Here follows the Way whereby Witches copulate with those
Devils known as Incubi.
- Chapter V. Witches commonly perform their Spells through the
Sacraments of Church. And how they Impair the Powers of Generation,
and how they may Cause other Ills to happen to God's Creatures of all
Kinds. But herein we except the Question of the Influence of the
- Chapter VI.How Witches Impede and Prevent the Power of Procreation
- Chapter VII. How, as it were, they Deprive Man of his Virile Member
- Chapter XV. How they Raise and Stir up Hailstorms and Tempests, and
Cause Lightning to Blast both Men and Beasts
- Chapter XVI. Of Three Ways in which Men and not Women may be
Discoverred to be Addicted to Witchcraft; Divided into Three Heads:
and First of the Witchcraft of Archers.
- Question II The methods of destroying and curing witchcraft
- Chapter II. Remedies prescribed for those who are Bewitched by the
Limitation of the Generative Power
- Chapter IV. Remedies perscribed for those who by Prestidigitory Art
have lost their Virile Members or have seemingly been Transformed
into the Shapes of Beasts.
THE THIRD PART - relating to the judicial proceedings
in both the ecclesiastical and civil courts against witches and indeed all
- Question XIII. Of the points to be observed by the Judge before the
formal examination in the place of detention and torture. This is
the Eighth Action.
- Question XIV. Of the Method of Sentencing the Accused to be
Questioned: and how she must be Questioned of the First Day; and
Whether she may be Promised her Life. The Ninth Action.
- Question XV. Of the continuing of the torture, and of the devices
and signs by which the Judge can recognize a witch; and how he ought
to protect himself from their spells. Also how they are to be shaved
in those parts where they use to conceal the devil's masks and
tokens; together with the due setting forth of various means of
overcoming their obstinacy in keeping silence and refusal to confess.
And it is the Tenth Action.
- Question XVII. Of Common Purgation, and especially of the Trial by
Red-hot Iron, to which Witches appeal
- Question XXXIII. Of the Method of passing Sentence upon one who has
been Accused by another Witch, who has been or is to be Burned at the
- Question XXXIV. Of the Method of passing Sentence upon a Witch who
Annuls Spells wrought by Witchcraft; and of Witch Midwives and
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