The "Malleus Maleficarum" and the construction of witchcraft: Theology and popular belief (Studies in Early Modern European History MUP)

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Shows the Malleus, a very well known and widely quoted medieval text, to be highly idiosyncratic, and unusual in its ideas, even among the texts of other contemporary witch-theorists. The first book to deal with the discourse of witchcraft among fifteenth-century theorists in its full complexity. Attempts to understand witchcraft as part of the Malleus' authors' wider intellectual world. Shows how contemporary scholars engaged in a lively debate over the nature of witchcraft. A further addition to MUP's highly regarded collection of books on witchcraft.

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Hans Peter Broedel is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Hamilton College, New York

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Broedel has provided an excellent study, not only of the Malleus and its authors, but just as importantly, of the intellectual context in which the Malleus must be set and the theological and folk traditions to which it is, in many ways, an heir. Peter Maxwell-Stuart, St Andrews University -- .

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Book Description MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Malleus is an important text and is frequently quoted by authors across a wide range of scholarly disciplines. Yet it also presents serious difficulties: it is difficult to understand out of context, and is not generally representative of late medieval learned thinking. This, the first book-length study of the original text in English, provides students and scholars with an introduction to this controversial work and to the conceptual word of its authors. Like all witch-theorists, Institoris and Sprenger constructed their witch out of a constellation of pre-existing popular beliefs and learned traditions. Therefore, to understand the Malleus, one must also understand the contemporary and subsequent debates over the reality and nature of witches. This book argues that although the Malleus was a highly idiosyncratic text, its arguments were powerfully compelling and therefore remained influential long after alternatives were forgotten. Consequently, although focused on a single text, this study has important implications for fifteenth-century witchcraft theory. This is a fascinating work on the Malleus Maleficarum and will be essential to students and academics of late medieval and early modern history, religion and witchcraft studies. -- . Seller Inventory # AAR9780719064418

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