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    In the sixteenth century, from the spread of torture as a technique in witchcraft trials, new questions arise: why did people at the time believe that confessions created via torture were sound evidence to be used in the conviction of the defendant? I hypothesize that, confessions extracted during witchcraft trials via torture were accepted as sound evidence of guilt because of statements made by the nobility and clergy. Malleus maleficarum is a compilation of special manuals also known as hammers, and other manuscript manuals. The Malleus malficarum was one of the first ever witch-hunt manuals, written by two Dominican monks: Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger, who is credited by modern people argue about his participation. The book is divided…

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    A Critical Review of Malleus Maleficarum The Malleus Maleficarum is a famous medieval treaty of on the life and activities of witches. The book was written in 1486 by Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger with the first publication done in English. Allegedly, Kramer was the chief author of the work, and Sprenger was the co-author because he had a higher reputation. The work has been regarded to have been written after the writing of a bull by Pope Innocent VIII, which gave people permission to kill…

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    Paranoia and despair has been a tool in survival since the beginning of humanity; during the Roman Inquisition in the 13th century, the Catholic Church was anxious from the fine line of superstition and witchcraft being a threat to their teachings. During this time period, two Theologist professors by the names of Jacob Sprenger and Heinrich Kramer crafted an essential “guidebook” for Inquisitors in search of witches. Appropriately named, Malleus Maleficarum, Latin for “The Hammer for Witches”,…

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    ‘The Witches Hammer’, also called Malleus Maleficarum, is a treatise written for the prosecution of witches.The disquisition was written by a German Catholic clergyman by the name of Heinrich Kramer in 1486 and published in 1487. The purpose of the book was to prove, to those with skepticism, that witchcraft did, in fact, exist, imply that women were involved in witchcraft more often than men because of the emotional weakness of the female gender, and persuade officials to use Kramer’s system of…

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    empowered two inquisitors, Henricus Institoris and Jacobus Sprenger, to root out alleged witchcraft in Germany, which led to one of the most oppressive witch hunts in European history. It called upon the bishop to tend the inquisitors all possible support. As the first sentence reads, “Innocent, bishop, servant of the servants of God,…” (Halsall). The Papal Bull of 1484, ultimately, formed the spiritual and secular crimes of witchcraft. In other words, it “opened the door” to witch-hunting. It…

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    In treatise Malleus Maleficarum , Kramer and Sprenger show insight on women and how they connect to witchcraft. During medieval times the women were the main group of people being accused for witchcraft, and one way they show a separation between gender is the women's “impurity”. When a woman is on her monthly period her spirit is “Inflamed with malice and rage” (Kramer/ Sprenger 17). By giving an example of something that only happens to a woman they are able to completely cancel out the male…

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    The Witches Hammer Essay

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    “The Malleus Maleficarum” , commonly translated to “The Witches Hammer” in the english language, is a book written in 1486 by a man named Heinrich Kramer who was an Inquisitor of the Catholic Church. Jacob Sprenger was also said to have contributed as an author though today some scholars now believe that Jacob Sprenger was only brought into association with the book as a way for Heinrich Kramer to lend the book more official authority. In the year of 1487 the book was first published in…

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    The Witch's Hammer A book written witch-hunt manual in 1486 written by Heinrich Kramer. Jacob Sprenger is also often attributed as an author basically saying that witchcraft did exist. The Malleus was used as a judicial case-book for the detection and persecution of witches By the 15th century witchcraft had resurfaced and had its penlites. It served as a guidebook and was designed to aid them in the identification,persecution,and the deaths of witches. It's a way to tell the marks of…

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    Witchcraft And Gender

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    eighteenth century, eighty to ninety percent of the individuals convicted of witchcraft were female. Historians have presented theories to unfold the phenomena of the gender marginality across different parts of Europe by examining the trials records of those convicted and by referring to the old settlements of Witchcraft: the Malleus Maleficarum (1486) made by Heinrich Kramer, and Jacob Sprenger, and the Formicarius (1437) made by Johannes Nider. The writings of my essay will be written in…

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    16th Century Witch Hunts

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    witch-hunts were women, we’ve learned that 25% of those persecuted were men. This clearly shows that the witch-hunts weren’t just focused on a war on women. From the publishing of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger’s book, Malleus Maleficarum however, we are led to believe that the witch-hunts were in fact, a war on women. "All wickedness, […] is but little to the wickedness of a woman. […] What else is woman but a foe to friendship, an unescapable punishment, a necessary evil, a natural…

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