- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Digireads.com (1 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1420934503
- ISBN-13: 978-1420934502
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Malleus Maleficarum Paperback – 1 Jan 2010
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Yes, the original text is at times misogynistic in tone. So what. So was medieval and early modern European society in general. So are many societies worldwide today. It is NOT however the venomously misogynistic tome which this translation would have the reader believe. For those who wish to study how different versions of the same book can emerge over time, for those who study literature in general, then the book is an interesting curiosity. This version's historical importance, however, is over-stated and undeserved, for it is really only of use as a tool to examine attitudes to witchcraft in the 20th and 21st centuries, not as a yardstick for those attitudes at the time when the original was written.
The serious student of the subject is advised to consult the newer translation by P.G Maxwell-Stuart, an expert in the field with no agenda to pursue rather than the provision of an accurate version of the text. Montague Summers was an eccentric and enthusiastic, not to mention partisan and deeply flawed, layman.Read more ›
Heavy to read and almost impossible to do so in one go, the book is seperated into 3 chapters. 1st part is Church Philosophy debating if witches can exists in the face of God and why he allows them to be (the answer is of corse positive since its authors are witch hunters), 2nd is about the powers of witches and how to counter them and the 3rd is about how witches should be brought to justice. The second and third chapter are more interesting than the first (unless you are into medieval Church Philosophy) and incredible due to the fact that its authors truely believe what they write! It is in their belief that most of the horror of the book is to be found. In the 2nd Chapter there are surprisingly detailed descriptions of witch activities and I imagine this to be an interesting handbook for those interested in such matters. Do not expect much about interrigation methods of what would become the Inqusition but there is a pharagraph that states that all witches should be interogated at least twice, once with torture and once without, for it is possible that persons interrogated under torture will admit to things they are innocent of. I also feel it helps the translation that the translator also believes the text to hold much truth as is made clear by the foreword. Lastly as a point of scary coinsidence. I live abroad and must pay custums and VAT (yes of books too) on arrival of the package and I ordered this book by itself and had to pay a total of...
yes, you guessed it...
*666 kronas*. I glued the invoice to the inside cover of the book.
This text has become the definitive example of misogyny in the witch-hunts. Throughout the book there are negative references to women such as ‘When a woman thinks alone she thinks evil’, ‘She is a liar by nature’, ‘she is more carnal than a man as shown by her carnal abominations’. It also goes on to describe women as defective, weak, and basically claims any misfortune from illness through to crop failure was due to malign magic. Nothing had a natural cause in their view. Witches, according to Kramer and Sprenger, were responsible for all this plus infanticide, cannibalism, consorting with demons and any other abominable behaviour they could imagine.
Putting the misogyny aside, this text gives an in depth, if somewhat harrowing, view of what was involved when identifying, interrogating and punishing the unfortunate accused. It is not a comfortable read to say the least, showing as it does mankind’s complete inhumanity to fellow man during this period. This is no lightweight, quick read but it is divided into manageable sections that make it less onerous to study and an excellent contents section makes it very simple to find particular topics. As a primary source it is an invaluable study aid and is a book that is a ‘must have’ on any historians bookshelf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting book historically but a hard read as the way of writing in those days was certainly not concise. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Silver Spirit
I needed this book for a book I am writing, and I did get a few short quotes from it. It is well written in English. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2014 by Metreger
My wife has found this a challenging but excellent book which has helped understanding of similar works on a broader front.Published on 23 July 2013 by Peter Richards
This is a wonderful book full of the background and history and subsequent contradictory nature of the Church against witches. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2013 by jhwilts
It is frankly impossible to give this book a meaningful rating.
I give it five stars simply because you must read it. Read more
This isnt a book for lovers of fairytale Witches. It's a text giving insight into the frenzied, misogynistic, Christian thinking of the middle ages. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2002 by Ms Baker
I think much truth can be found in this tome. I think the world is full of witches and the world need these teachings more than ever.Published on 1 Aug. 1999
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