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THE MALLEUS MALEFICARUM

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of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger
Translated with an Introduction Bibliography & Notes by The Reverend Montague Summers

Table of Contents:

  • Back Cover
  • Introduction to 1948 Edition
  • Introduction to 1928 Edition
  • A Note Upon the Bibliography
  • The Bull of Innocent VIII:  Innocent, Bishop, Servant of the servants of God, for an eternal remembrance
  • The First Part
    • Part One
      • Question 1:  Whether the belief that there are such beings as witches is so essential a part of the Catholic faith that obstinately to maintain the opposite opinion manifestly savours of heresy.
      • Question 2:  If it be in Accordance with the Catholic Faith to maintain that in Order to bring about some Effect of Magic, the Devil must intimately co-operate with the Witch, or whether one without the other, that is to say, the Devil without the Witch, or conversely, could produce such an Effect.
      • Question 3:  Whether children can be generated by Incubi and Succubi.
      • Question 4:  By which Devils are the Operations of Incubus and Succubus Practised?
      • Question 5:  What is the Source of the Increase of Works of Witchcraft? Whence comes it that the Practice of Witchcraft hath so notably increased?
      • Question 6:  Concerning Witches who copulate with Devils. Why is it that Women are chiefly addicted to Evil superstitions?
      • Question 7:  Whether Witches can Sway the Minds of Men to Love or Hatred.
      • Question 8:  Whether Witches can hebetate the Powers of Generation or obstruct the Venereal Act.
      • Question 9:  Whether Witches may work some Prestidigatory Illusion so that the Male Organ appears to be entirely removed and separate from the Body.
      • Question 10:  Whether Witches can by some Glamour Change Men into Beasts.
      • Question 11:  That Witches who are Midwives in Various Ways Kill the Child Conceived in the Womb, and Procure an Abortion; or if they do not this Offer New-born Children to Devils.
      • Question 12:  Whether the Permission of Almighty God is an Accompaniment of Witchcraft.
      • Question 13:  Herein is set forth the Question, concerning the Two Divine Permissions which God justly allows, namely, that the Devil, the Author or all Evil, should Sin, and that our First Parents should Fall, from which Origins the Works of Witches are justly suffered to take place.
      • Question 14:  The Enormity of Witches is Considered, and it is shown that the Whole Matter should be rightly Set Forth and Declared.
      • Question 15:  It is Shown that, on Account of the Sins of Witches, the Innocent are often Bewitched, yea, Sometimes even for their Own Sins.
      • Question 16:  The Foregoing Truths are Set out in Particular, this by a Comparison of the Works of Witches with Other Baleful Superstitions.
      • Question 17:  A Comparison of their Crimes under Fourteen Heads, with the Sins of the Devils of all and every Kind.
      • Question 18:  Here follows the Method of Preaching against and Controverting Five Arguments of Laymen and Lewd Folk, which seem to be Variously Approved, that God does not Allow so Great Power to the Devil and Witches as is involved in the Performance of such Mighty Works of Witchcraft.
  • The Second Part
    • Question 1:  Of those against whom the Power of Witches availeth not at all.
      • Chapter 1:  Of the several Methods by which Devils through Witches Entice and Allure the Innocent to the Increase of that Horrid Craft and Company.
      • Chapter 2:  Of the Way whereby a Formal Pact with Evil is made.
      • Chapter 3:  How they are Transported from Place to Place.
      • Chapter 4:  Here follows the Way whereby Witches copulate with those Devils known as Incubi.
      • Chapter 5:  Witches commonly perform their Spells through the Sacraments of the Church. And how they Impair the Powers of Generation, and how they may Cause other Ills to happen to Godís Creatures of all kinds. But herein we except the Question of the Influence of the Stars.
      • Chapter 6:  How Witches Impede and Prevent the Power of Procreation.
      • Chapter 7:  How, as it were, they Deprive Man of his Virile Member.
      • Chapter 8:  Of the Manner whereby they Change Men into the Shapes of Beasts.
      • Chapter 9:  How Devils may enter the Human Body and the Head without doing any Hurt, when they cause such Metamorphosis by Means of Prestidigitation.
      • Chapter 10:  Of the Method by which Devils through the Operations of Witches sometimes actually possess men.
      • Chapter 11:  Of the Method by which they can Inflict Every Sort of Infirmity, generally Ills of the Graver Kind.
      • Chapter 12:  Of the Way how in Particular they Afflict Men with Other Like Infirmities.
      • Chapter 13:  How Witch Midwives commit most Horrid Crimes when they either Kill Children or Offer them to Devils in most Accursed Wise.
      • Chapter 14:  Here followeth how Witches Injure Cattle in Various Ways.
      • Chapter 15:  How they Raise and Stir up Hailstorms and Tempests, and Cause Lightning to Blast both Men and Beasts.
      • Chapter 16:  Of Three Ways in which Mean and Women may be Discovered to be Addicted to Witchcraft: Divided into Three Heads: and First of the Witchcraft of Archers.
    • Question 2:  Introduction, wherein is Set Forth the Difficulty of this Question.
      • Chapter 1:  The Remedies prescribed by the Holy Church against Incubus and Succubus Devils.
      • Chapter 2:  Remedies prescribed for Those who are Bewitched by the Limitation of the Generative Power.
      • Chapter 3:  Remedies prescribed for those who are Bewitched by being Inflamed with Inordinate Love or Extraordinary Hatred.
      • Chapter 4:  Remedies prescribed for those who by Prestidigitative Art have lost their Virile Members or have seemingly been Transformed into the Shapes of Beasts.
      • Chapter 5:  Prescribed Remedies for those who are Obsessed owing to some Spell.
      • Chapter 6:  Prescribed Remedies; to wit, the Lawful Exorcisms of the Church, for all Sorts of Infirmities and Ills due to Witchcraft; and the Method of Exorcising those who are Bewitched.
      • Chapter 7:  Remedies prescribed against Hailstorms, and for Animals that are Bewitched.
      • Chapter 8:  Certain Remedies prescribed against those Dark and Horrid Harms with which Devils may Afflict Men.
  • The Third Part
    • Question 1:  General & Introductory:  Who are the Fit and Proper Judges in the Trial of Witches?
      • The First Head
        • Question 1:  The Method of Initiating a Process.
        • Question 2:  Of the Number of Witnesses.
        • Question 3:  Of the Solemn Adjuration and Re-examination of Witnesses.
        • Question 4:  Of the Quality and Condition of Witnesses.
        • Question 5:  Whether Mortal Enemies may be Admitted as Witnesses.
      • The Second Head
        • Question 6:  How the Trial is to be Proceeded with and Continued. And how the Witnesses are to be Examined in the Presence of Four Other Persons, and how the Accused is to be Questioned in Two Ways.
        • Question 7:  In Which Various Doubts are Set Forth with Regard to the Foregoing Questions and Negative Answers. Whether the Accused is to be Imprisoned, and when she is to be considered Manifestly Taken in the Foul Heresy of Witchcraft. This is the Second Action.
        • Question 8:  Which Follows from the Preceding Question, Whether the Witch is to be Imprisoned, and of the Method of Taking her. This is the Third Action of the Judge.
        • Question 9:  What is to be done after the Arrest, and whether the Names of the Witnesses should be made Known to the Accused. This is the Fourth Action.
        • Question 10:  What Kind of Defence may be Allowed, and of the Appointment of an Advocate. This is the Fifth Action.
        • Question 11:  What Course the Advocate should Adopt when the Names of the Witnesses are not Revealed to him. The Sixth Action.
        • Question 12:  Of the Same Matter, Declaring more Particularly how the Question of Personal Enmity is to be Investigated. The Seventh Action.
        • Question 13:  Of the Points to be Observed by the Judge before the Formal Examination in the Place of Detention and Torture. This is the Eighth Action.
        • Question 14:  Of the Method of Sentencing the Accused to be Questioned: and How she must be Questioned on the First Day; and Whether she may be Promised her Life. The Ninth Action.
        • Question 15:  Of the Continuing of the Torture, and of the Devices and Signs by which the Judge can Recognize a Witch; and how he ought to Protect himself from their Spells. Also how they are to be Shaved in Parts where they use to Conceal the Devilís Masks and Tokens; together with the due Setting Forth of Various Means of Overcoming the Obstinacy in Keeping Silence and Refusal to Confess. And it is the Tenth Action.
        • Question 16:  Of the fit Time and of the Method of the Second Examination. And it is the Eleventh Action, concerning the Final Precautions to be Observed by the Judge.
      • The Third Head:  Which is the Last Part of the Work: How the Process is to be Concluded by the Pronouncement of a Definite and Just Sentence.
        • Question 17:  Of Common Purgation, and especially of the Trial of Red-hot Iron, to which Witches Appeal.
        • Question 18:  Of the Manner of Pronouncing a Sentence which is Final and Definitive.
        • Question 19:  Of the Various Degrees of Overt Suspicion which render the Accused liable to be Sentenced.
        • Question 20:  Of the First Method of Pronouncing Sentence.
        • Question 21:  Of the Second Method of Pronouncing Sentence, when the Accused is no more than Defamed.
        • Question 22:  Of the Third Kind of Sentence, to be Pronounced on one who is Defamed, and who is to be put to the Question.
        • Question 23:  The Fourth Method of Sentencing, in the Case of one Accused upon a Light Suspicion.
        • Question 24:  The Fifth Manner of Sentence, in the Case of one under Strong Suspicion.
        • Question 25:  The Sixth Kind of Sentence, in the Case of one who is Gravely Suspect.
        • Question 26:  The Method of passing Sentence upon one who is both Suspect and Defamed.
        • Question 27:  The Method of passing Sentence upon one who hath Confessed to Heresy, but is still not Penitent.
        • Question 28:  The Method of passing Sentence upon one who hath Confessed to Heresy but is Relapsed, Albeit now Penitent.
        • Question 29:  The Method of passing Sentence upon one who hath Confessed to Heresy but is Impenitent, although not Relapsed.
        • Question 30:  Of One who has Confessed to Heresy, is Relapsed, and is also Impenitent.
        • Question 31:  Of One Taken and Convicted, but Denying Everything
        • Question 32:  Of One who is Convicted but who hath Fled or who Contumaciously Absents himself.
        • Question 33:  Of the Method of passing Sentence upon one who has been Accused by another Witch, who has been or is to be Burned at the Stake.
        • Question 34:  Of the Method of passing Sentence upon a Witch who Annuls Spells wrought by Witchcraft; and of Witch Midwives and Archer-Wizards.
        • Question 35: Finally, of the Method of Passing Sentence upon Witches who Enter or Cause to be Entered an Appeal, whether such be Frivolous or Legitimate and Just.
  • Letter of Approbation:  Official Letter of Approbation of the Malleus Maleficarum from The Faculty of Theology of the Honourable University of Cologne