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1 There is another modern English translation in the form of P. G. Maxwell-Stuart, The Malleus. Maleficarum (Manchester and New York: Manchester University. The Malleus Maleficarum, usually translated as the Hammer of Witches, is the best known and (generally translated into English as The Hammer of Witches which destroyeth Witches and their heresy as with a two-edged sword). Full title. The Hammer of Witches: A Complete Translation of the Malleus Maleficarum Press have issued the English-language translation, together with a shorter.

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q Adobe PDF Version The Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hammer), first where the last gasp of the Inquisition was felt in the English. The Malleus Maleficarum PDF is provided as a free download for users of the Malleus Maleficarum web site. This is the English popular translation by Rev. The complete Malleus Maleficarum is available online at: Summers translated the Malleus Maleficarum into English, and wrote the. Introductions, Bibliography.

Richard Raiswell comptes rendus Mackay, Christopher S. New York: Cambridge University Press, Now Mackay and Cambridge University Press have issued the English-language translation, together with a shorter, more accessible introduction, in an afordable single volume that will prove invaluable for students and general readers interested in this notorious text. Indeed, he was convinced that the sheer number of irst-hand accounts of maleficium recounted in the writings of premodern demonologists, when read in conjunction with the seemingly analogous testimony that could be adduced from various pre- Christian sources, spoke to the reality of witchcrat. By contrast, Mackay approaches the text as the consummate historian, situating it squarely in the intellectual and cultural milieu from which it was spawned.

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And so we must refer the appearance of any such change to some dark and occult cause. And the power of God is stronger than the power of the devil, so divine works are more true than demoniac operations.

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Whence inasmuch as evil is powerful in the world, then it must be the work of the devil always conflicting with the work of God. Therefore as it is unlawful to hold that the devil's evil craft can apparently exceed the work of God, so it us unlawful to believe that the noblest works of creation, that is to say, man and beast, can be harmed and spoiled by the power of the devil. Moreover, that which is under the influence of a material object cannot have power over corporeal objects.

But devils are subservient to certain influences of the stars, because magicians observe the course of certain stars in order to evoke the devils.

Therefore they have not the power of effecting any change in a corporeal object, and it follows that witches have even less power than the demons possess. For devils have no power at all save by a certain subtle art.

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But an art cannot permanently produce a true form. And a certain author says: Writers on Alchemy know that there is no hope of any real transmutation.

Therefore the devils for their part, making use of the utmost of their craft, cannot bring about any permanent cure - or permanent disease. But if these states exist it is in truth owing to some other cause, which may be unknown, and has nothing to do with the operations of either devils or witches.

But according to the Decretals 33 the contrary is the case. Moreover, the stronger can influence that which is less strong. Montague Summers London: John Rodker, ; reprint New York: Dover, , p.

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Summers, pp. Likewise, Mackay includes a useful section on the legitimacy of conjecture as a mode of determining guilt that highlights, relying upon Eymeric, the diiculties inquisitors had in prosecuting a crime in which the perceived harm was physically removed from the actions believed to have caused it pp. Certainly, there are sound linguistic reasons for this choice.

As is the case with the two-volume edition, this is scholarly work of the highest order.

However, he has retained the valuable short biographies of the authors of various the sources used in the text, along with a short glossary of terms. Download pdf.

Whoever believes that any creature can be changed for the better or the worse, or transformed into another kind or likeness, except by the Creator of all things, is worse than a pagan and a heretic. And so when they report such things are done by witches it is not Catholic, but plainly heretical, to maintain this opinion.

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Moreover, no operation of witchcraft has a permanent effect among us. And this is the proof thereof: For if it were so, it would be effected by the operation of demons. But to maintain that the devil has power to change human bodies or to do them permanent harm does not seem in accordance with the teaching of the Church.

For in this way they could destroy the whole world, and bring it to utter confusion.

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Moreover, every alteration that takes place in a human body - for example, a state of health or a state of sickness - can be brought down to a question of natural causes, as Aristotle has shown in his 7th book of Physics. And the greatest of these is the influence of the stars. But the devils cannot interfere with the stars. This is the opinion of Dionysius in his epistle to S.

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For this alone God can do. Therefore it is evident the demons cannot actually effect any permanent transformation in human bodies; that is to say, no real metamorphosis.

English pdf malleus maleficarum

And so we must refer the appearance of any such change to some dark and occult cause. And the power of God is stronger than the power of the devil, so divine works are more true than demoniac operations.