Malleus Maleficarum

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Forgotten Books, 1928 - Criminal law - 442 pages
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A handbook for hunting and punishing witches to assist the Inquisition and Church in exterminating undesirables. Mostly a compilation of superstition and folklore, the book was taken very seriously at the time it was written in the 15th century and became a kind of spiritual law book used by judges to determine the guilt of the accused.

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User Review  - BruceCoulson - LibraryThing

Certainly in the running (in retrospect) as one of the most evil books of all time. The Hammer of the Witches is a VERY serious treatise on the Catholic legal view of witchcraft; what it is, how to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Borg-mx5 - LibraryThing

The "Hammer of Witches". The instruction manual for how to detect witches. Originally published in 1489, this book is now only worthy for historical interest. The typeface is old and the reproduction is not always great. Still very interesting reading. Read full review

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