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on 6 November 2015
One of the most notorious Inquisitorial works ever to disgrace human history, written by Inquisitor Nicolas Remy - who boasted that he had burned over 600 women as Witches. It is a snapshot of history when Europe went mad. The main difference of Demonolatry to the other Inquisitorial works is its inclusion of salacious and sexual stories designed, no doubt, to titillate the Christian reader under the pretence of detecting enemies of the church. It is important such works survive into the present day to remind us of our brutal past - and allow all of the murdering Inquisitors to be condemned by their own words. After that, out of all the Inquisitorial works which still survive, Demonolatry doesn't read like a legal directive or cold law book. It gives individual names of its victims and what horrors befell them by a Church gone mad. Sad to read but an important historic document - and an essential part of any Inquisitorial collection.
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on 13 February 2010
Remigius comes across as a suprisingly sympathetic, though strict, legal expert of his dark times: & "Reverend" Summers commentary is mercifully restrained, for once, and as entertaingly informative as always.
Of course, the subject matter is rather depressing-especially as one comes to realize that many of Remigiusses innocent hysterical victims shared his delusions, & actually saw the flames of the secular court as the easy way out of their nightmarish condition.

Lovecraftians may be interested to know that "Remy" specificially, & somewhat suprisingly, denied that spirit/mortal hybrids could exist (Summers, of course, tries to shout down the quoted, & perfectly orthodox, authorities out of hand): so poor Dr. Armitage calling for "....the Daemonolatreia of Remigius, in which he seemed hopeful of finding some formula to check the peril he conjured up" was actually a pathetic attempt to rationalize the Dunwich Horror away!

Nice that this sort of material is available in paperback form, even if it is because of the spooky occultist market.
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