-mat- brandy * Hexen * Malleus Malificarum * Part II * Last change: 17. Dezember 1995
THE MALLEUS MALIFICARUM
of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger
This section is interesting in that it discusses specific cases,
including the people's names, and towns. Most are in Germany.
A copy of
firstname.lastname@example.org, with some enhancements from
- page( 90) ... For example, a judge named Peter, whom we have
mentioned before, wished his officials to arrest a certain witch
called Stadlin; but their hands were seized with so great a
trembling, and such a nauseous stench came into their nostrils, that
they gave up hope of daring to touch the witch. (lived at Boltingen,
a town in the ducy and diocese of Lausanne. John Nider sat as
assessor at his trial.)
- page( 90) ... Not long ago in the town of Ratisbon the magistrates
had condemned a witch to be burned, and were asked why it was that we
Inquisitors were not afflicted like other men with witchcraft.
- page( 91) ... ..the window of their prison, which was so high that
no one could reach it without the longest of ladders;
- page( 91) ... There lived in a town of Wiesenthal a certain Mayor
who was bewitched with the most terrible pains and bodily
- page( 96) ... We know of a stranger in the diocese of Augsburg, who
before he was forty-four years old lost all his horses in succession
through witchcraft. His wife, being afflicted with weariness by
reason of this, consulted with witches, and after following their
counsels, unwholesome as they were, all the horses which he bought
after that (for he was a carrier) were preserved from witchcraft.
- page( 96) ... And how many women have complained to us in our
capacity of Inquisitors, that when their cows have been injured by
being deprived of their milk, or in any other way, they have
consulted with suspected witches, and even been given remedies by
the, on condition that they would promise something to some spirit;
and when they asked what they would havbe to promise, the witches
ansered that it was only a small thing, that they should agree to
exectue the instructions of that master with regard to certain
observances during the Holy Offices of the Church, or to observed
some silent reservations in their confessions to priests.
- page( 97) ... Two witches were burned in Ratisbon, as we shall tell
later where we treat of their methods of raising tempests. And one
of them, who was a bath-woman, and confessed among other things the
- page( 97) ... Another virgin living in the diocese of Strasburg
confessed to one of us..
- page( 98) ... There is a place in the diocese of Brixen...
- page( 98) ... A certain high-born Count in the ward of Westerich, in
the diocese of Strasburg..... He went to the State of Metz....
- page( 99) ... There were such witches lately, thirty years ago, in
the district of Savoy, towards the State of Berne, as Nider tells in
his Formicarius. And there are now some in the country of Lombardy,
in the domains of the Duke of Austria, where the Inquisitor of Como,
as we told in the former Part, caused forty- one witches to be burned
in one year; and he was fifty-five years old, and still continues to
labour in the Inquisition.
- page( 100) ... We Inqusitors had credible experience of this method
in the town of Breisach in the diocese of Basel... an Inquisitor of
the diocese of Edua...Botlingen....State of Berne
- page( 102) ...Similarly, after they have confessed their crimes under
torture they always try to hang themselves; and this we know for a
fact; for after the confession of their crimes, guards are deputed to
watch them all the time, and even then, when the guards have been
negligent, they have been found hanged with their shoe-laces or
garments. This is exemplified by certain events which took place
hardly three years ago in the dioceses of Strasburg and Constance,
and in the towns of Hagenau and Ratisbon. For in the first town one
hanged herself with a trifling and flimsy garment. Another named
Walpurgis, was notorious for her power of preserving silence, and
used to teach other women how to achieve a like quality of silence by
cooking their first-born sons in an oven.
- page( 104) ... Similarly, in the diocese of Basel, in the village
called Buchel, near the town of Gewyll..
- page( 114) ... But with regard to any bystanders, the witches
themselves have often been seen lying on thier backs in the fields or
the woods, naked up to the very navel, and it has been apparent from
the disposition of those limbs and members which pertain to the
venereal and and orgasm, as also from the agitation of their legs and
thighs, that, all invisibly to the bystanders, they have been
copulating with Incubus devils; yet sometimes, albeit this is rare,
at the end of the act a very black vapour, of about the stature of a
man, rises up into the air from the witch. And the reason is that
that Schemer knows that he can in this way seduce or pervert the
minds of girls or other men who are standing by. ...in the town of
Ratisbon and on the estate of the nobles of Rappolstein, and in
certain other countries.
- page( 116) ...And now bad Christians imitate these corruptions,
turning them to lasciviousness when they run about at the time of
Carnival* with masks and jests and other superstitions. Similarly
witches use these revelries of the devil for their own advantage, and
work their spells about the time of the New Year in respect of the
Divine Offices and Worship; as on S. Andrew's Day and at Christmas.
"Carnival." These Pagan practices are sternely reprobated in the
"Liber Poenitentialis" of S. Theodore, seventh Archbishop of
Canterbury. In Book XXXVII is written: "If anyone at the Kalends of
January goeth about as a stag of a bull-calf, that is, making himself
into a wild animal, and dressing in the skins of a herd animal, and
putting on the heads of beasts; those who in such wise transform
themselves into the appearance of a wild animal, let them do penance
for three years, because this is devilish."...The Council of Auxerre
in 578 (or 585) forbade anyone "to masquerade as a bull-calf or a
stag on the first of January or to distribute devilish charms.
- page(116) ... In a town which it is better not to name, for the sake
of charity and expediency, when a certain witch received the Body of
Our Lord, she suddenly lowered her head, as is the detestable habit
of women, placed her garment near her mouth, and taking the Body of
the Lord out of her mouth, wrapped it in a handkerchief; and
afterwards, at the suggestion of the devil, placed it in a pot in
which there was a toad, and hid it in the ground near her house by
the storehouse, together with several other things, by means of which
she had to work her witchcraft. ... And when she was taken and
questioned, she discovered her crime, saying that the Lords's Body
had been hidden in the pot with a toad, so that by means of their
dust she might be able to cause injuries at her will to men and other
...The toad constantly appears as a familiar. In 1579 at Windsor
"one Mother Dutton dwellyng in Cleworthe Partishe keepeth a Spirite
or Feende in the likeness of a Toade, and fedeth the same Feende
liying in a border of greene Hearbes, within her garden, with blood
whiche she causeth to issue from her owne flancke." Ursley Kemp, a
S. Osyth witch (1582), had a familiar, Pygine, "black like a Toad."
Ales Hunt of the same coven nourished two familiars, "the which she
kept in a little lowe earthen pot." Margerie Sammon, another S.
Osyth's witch, "hath also two spirites like Toads, the one called
'Tom' and the other 'Robbyn.'" When Ursley Kemp peeped through Mother
Hunt's window she "espied a spirite to looke out of a porcharde from
unver a clothe, the nose therof being browne like unto a Ferret."
- page( 143) ...when her husband, after copulating with her, says, I
hope a child will come of it; and she answers, May the child go to
the devil! How much greater must be the punishment when the Divine
Majesty is offended in the way we have described!
- page( 149) although it was in the torture chamber, she fully laid
bare all the crimes which she had committed. ...
But (and this is remarkable) when on the next day the other witch had
at first been exposed to the very gentlest questions, being suspended
hardly clear of the ground by her thumbs, after she had been set
quite free, she disclosed the whole matter without the slightest
descrepancy from what the other had told; ... Accordingly, on the
third day they were burned. And the bath-woman was contrite and
confessed, and commended herself to God, saying that she would die
with a willing heart if she could escape the tortures of the devil,
and held in her had a cross which she kissed. But the other witch
scorned her for doing so.
- page(167) .. For by taking ants' eggs in drink, or the seeds of
spurge or of the black pine, an incredible amount of wind and
flatulence is generated in the human stomach.
- page(189) .. On the first of May before sunrise the women of the
village go out and gather from the woods leaves and branches from the
willow trees, and weave them into a wreath which they hang over the
- page(193) Again in Duteronomy xxii: God says that men shall not put
on the garments of women, or conversely; because they did this in
honour of the goddess Venus, and others in honour of Mars or Priapus.
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