The Malleus Maleficarum

The Malleus Maleficarum (Written by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger, c. 1487)

“So heinous are the crimes of witches that they even exceed the sins and the fall of the bad Angels; and if this is true as to their guilt, how should it not also be true of their punishments in hell?”

  • From The Malleus Maleficarum (Part I, Question 17) by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger, translated by Montague Summers (Dover Publications, 1971).



  1. Also from The Malleus Maleficarum were instructions to examine a suspected witch for telltale physical indications of witchery. Any moles or skin tags below her waist were obvious “devil's teats” used by the witch's familiars for suckling.

    I bear a mole on my body that would have instantly identified me as a witch if ever noted by a midwife or sexual partner. Glad I was born in the 20th century and not the 15th!

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