Here’s a short list of links and references that we at the Malleus Maleficarum Online project just find damned interesting. There’s no particular rhyme or reason here.

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  • Heinrich Kramer – primary author of the Malleus Maleficarum. He was a German churchman and inquisitor born in Schlettstadt, Alsace. Kramer joined the Dominican Order at an early age and, while still a young man, was appointed Prior of the Dominican house of his native town. At some date before 1474 he was appointed Inquisitor for the Tyrol, Salzburg, Bohemia and Moravia.
  • James Sprenger – (also known as Jacob, Jakob, Jacobus) a Swiss priest born in Basel. He was admitted as a novice in the Dominican house of this town in 1452. There is some controversy concerning the level of his involvement in the writing of the Malleus Maleficarum, but he is most often listed as a co-author.
  • Rev. Montague Summers – an eccentric English author and clergyman. He is known primarily for his 1928 English translation of the Malleus Maleficarum, as well as for several studies on witches, vampires, and werewolves, in all of which he professed to believe.


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