Compendium Maleficarum: The Montague Summers Edition

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Courier Corporation, 1988 - History - 206 pages
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Extraordinary document (1608) on witchcraft and demonology offers striking insight into early 17th century mind. Serious discussions of witches' powers, poisons, crimes, more. Rare limited edition.
 

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One of the influential books of western civilization. This was the book used by the Inquisition and jurists to determine who was a witch in Europe during the witch trials. Definitely for the historian or horror specialist. Read full review

Review: Compendium Maleficarum: The Montague Summers Edition

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

The text was very interesting, I think what most detracted from it was the mindset of the author (And translator) in regards to the subject matter. There is definitely a Catholic bias that is ... Read full review

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Contents

The Nature and Extent of the Force of Imagination
xix
Of Artificial Magic
3
Whether this Magic can produce True Effects
7
That Witches Effect their Marvels with the Help of the Devil
9
The Men of Old Accredited Witches with Marvellous Deeds
11
Of the Witches Pact with the Devil
13
By their Terrible Deeds and Imprecations Witches Produce Rain and Hail etc
19
The Power of Witches over External Things
22
Of Tying the Pvints
91
Of Incendiary Witchcraft
95
The Devil Wishes to Perpetuate the Race of Witches
96
Of the Various Ways by which Witches Vent their Spite upon the Human Race
98
Of the Different Diseases Brought by Demons
105
Why God Permits the Devil so to Busy Himself with Witchcraft
111
The Laws Observed by Witches in Causing and in Cur1ng Sickness
121
Witches Use something of Religion in Healing Sickness
123

Whether the Devil can Truly Enrich His Subjects
25
Whether Witches Can by their Art Create any Living Thing
28
Whether there Truly are Incubus and Succubus Devils and whether Children can be Generated by Copulation with them
30
Whether Witches are Really Transported from Place to Place to their Nightly Assemblies
33
Whether Witches can Transmute Bodies from One Form to Another
50
Whether Witches have Power to Make Beasts Talk
53
Whether the Devil can Make Men Insensible to Torture
55
Whether by Witchcraft and Devils Work the Sexes can be Interchanged
57
Whether the Spirits of the Dead can Appear to Men
59
Of Apparitions of Demons or Spectres
73
That Cacodemons Exercise their Magic Powers of their Own Will
80
DEALING WITH THE VARIOUS KINDS OF WITCHCRAFT AND CERTAIN OTHER MATTERS WHICH SHOULD BE KNOWN
83
Witches use Human Corpses for the Murder of Men
88
Of Witches Pvisons
90
Threatening or Beating Witches is the Best Method of Removing the Spells cast by Them
124
After the Many Blasphemies Committed by Witches the Demon at last Tries to Induce them to Kill themselves with their Own Hands
129
Upon Those who have once Fallen into his Power the Devil keeps a Tenacious Grip even when They stand Tortured before Their Judges or in Holy ...
132
A Summary in a Few Words of All the Crimes of Witches
135
The Devil Deceioes and Seduces by means of False Revelations or Apparitions
136
Of the Appeal to God
147
Of the Trial by S1ngle Combat
149
Of Vulgar Purgation by Fire
151
CHAPTER XX Of Superstitious Folk
160
THE THIRD BOOK TREATING OF THE DIVINE REMEDIES FOR THOSE WHO ARE BEWITCHED AND OF CERTAIN OTHER MATTERS
163
How to Distinguish Demoniacs and Those who are Simply Bewitched
167
Recent Examples of the Mercy of God and the Tyranny of the Devil
171
Of Dioine and Supernatural Remedies
177
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