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MALLEUS MALEFICARUM by Montague Summers occult witch craft classic 1948 HCDJ
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You are bidding on an used, hardcover edition of the withcraft classic MALLEUS MALEFICARUM translated and with an introduction and notes by Montague Summers. Occult propaganda / history published by The Pushkin Press in London, UK in 1948.

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This infamous text is essential for any serious student of witchcraft in early modern Europe. Jakob Sprenger and Heinrich Kramer were two Dominican monks who wrote this `guide' to witchcraft in 1486. It served as a guide book for inquisitors during the Inquisition, providing information on identifying witches, wringing confessions from them and discussing suitable punishment of offenders.

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.

Rare item in fair/good condition. Dust jacket is damaged - only the front part and part of spine remains. Binding inside front cover is tight. Pages are clean - some foxing on edges.

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PAYMENT & POSTAGE: Within Australia postage is $10. Generous shipping discounts apply for multiple purchases. Books are expensive to ship from Australia, but it gets cheaper, the more you get. Airmail postage to the USA is US$34 Airmail to Europe is US$30. Seamail is $18.

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