The Malleus Maleficarum table of contents is your guide to one of the most famous medieval treatises on witches. Start here, and then dig in deep.
INTRODUCTION TO ONLINE EDITION
“The Malleus Maleficarum (Latin for “The Hammer of Witches”, or “Hexen-hammer” in German) is one of the most famous medieval treatises on witches. Its main purpose was to challenge all arguments…”
INTRODUCTION TO 1928 EDITION
“It has been recognized even from the very earliest times, during the first gropings towards the essential conveniences of social decency and social order, that witchcraft is an evil thing…”
THE FIRST PART
The First Part Treating of the Three Necessary Concomitants of Witchcraft, Which Are The Devil, A Witch, and the Permission of Almighty God. Whether the Belief that there are such Beings as Witches…
THE SECOND PART
Treating on the Methods By Which the Works of Witchcraft are Wrought and Directed, and How They May Be Successfully Annulled and Dissolved. Resolved in but two Questions…
THE THIRD PART
Relating to the Judicial Proceedings in Both the Ecclesiastical and Civil Courts Against Witches and Indeed All Heretics. Containing XXXV Questions in Which Is Most Clearly Set Out the Formal Rules…
THE BULL OF INNOCENT VIII
“Desiring with the most hearfelt anxiety, even as Our Apostleship requires, that the Catholic faith should especially in this Our day increase and flourish everywhere , and that all heretical depravity…”
LETTER OF APPROBATION
The official Document of Approbation of the treatise Malleus Maleficarum, and the subscription of the Doctors of the most honourable University of Cologne, duly set forth and recorded…
The Bibliography of the Malleus Maleficarum is extremely intricate and difficult, as many of the earlier editions both folio and quarto are without place or date.