The Malleus Maleficarum

The Hammer of Witches which destroyeth Witches...

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When I originally joined my old coven, one of the HP’s had a real thing about learning the history of Witchcraft. One of the required reading books was The Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hammer as it translates). This book was given a significant weight at the time when it was ratified in a Papal Bull by Pope Innocent VIII. I’ve read it several times now and it still makes me angry and upset, more than any other book on Witchcraft history that I have read.

Has anyone else actually read this cover to cover? What did you think? How did it make you feel?

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