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Malleus Maleficarum 9781585090983

Malleus Maleficarum

The Notorious Handbook Once Used to Condemn and Punish Witches

ISBN-10: 1585090980
ISBN-13: 9781585090983
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PUBLISHER: Book Tree, The
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Product Description: The Malleus Maleficarum: The Notorious Handbook Once Used to Condemn and Punish "Witches," by Henrich Kramer and James Sprenger. This is one of the most notorious books in history. Thousands of innocent people, especially women, lost their lives at the expense of this book. It was first published around 1489, shortly after the invention of the printing press and five years after a papal bull was issued legitimizing the belief in witches. It went through at last 30 printings and became the handbook for witch hunters, both Protestant and Catholic. The book gave permission to bishops and secular authorities to prosecute witches if there were no representatives from the Inquisition around giving full directions. After the witch trials swept through Europe, some villages were left with as few as two women. Modern scholars refer to this time as one of the darkest in history, under the spell of a "witchcraft delusion." But entire economies became dependent upon taking the estates and property of accused witches and greed became a factor. So if this book is so bad, why should one read it? Because there are lessons to be learned, both psychologically and historically and there is an ignorance to overcome. This is a fascinating study of mass hysteria, greed and delusional behavior.

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PAGES: 332
CATEGORY: Body, Mind & Spirit, Religion
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