The Malleus Maleficarum was
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“Thanks” are due to
- Richard Brent – for providing invaluable assistance in nailing down some of the mythology and misinformation surrounding the Malleus Maleficarum, especially in regard to the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, and the Letter of Approbation. Richard insisted that the Malleus had not been included on the original 1559 publication of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum and provided links to reference sources that, in my mind, settled the issue of whether the Malleus was placed on the list of prohibited books, as well as whether or not the Letter of Approbation was a forgery.
- Antonio Benvenuti – for first pointing out to me in February of 2008 that the Index Librorum Prohibitorum was not published until 1559. Quite frankly, I ignored it for some time as a semantic argument, assuming, like most people, that if the Malleus wasn’t placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1490, as is often alleged, that it was placed on the Index at some point in the following centuries. Seven months later, Richard Brent was almost solely responsible for convincing me otherwise, once and for all, but I would be remiss if i didn’t mention Antonio and credit his original, if unsubstantiated, assertion.
- Dr. Christopher S. Mackay – for providing a modern scholarly translation of the Malleus Maleficarum, free of Rev. Montague Summers’ inherent prejudices in favor of the subject matter and many mistakes made during his 1928 translation (which is posted in its entirety on this web site). Thanks, as well, to Dr. Mackay for laying to rest during an interview with Morehead’s Musings the long-held belief in many circles that the Letter of Approbation that was included with the Malleus was a forgery (Dr. Mackay believes that it was not).