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Classic translation and edition of the most infamous witch-hunting tract in the world.


Published in 1486, the Malleus Maleficarum ('Hammer of the Witches') was composed by German inquisitor Heinrich Kramer as a comprehensive witch-hunting treatise, setting out a demon-filled world-view in which the diabolical activities of witches – and those who fail to acknowledge their existence – pose a heretical and universal threat to the salvation of the world. Organised in a question-and-answer format, the infamous manual also provides instructions on how witches may be detected, tortured and put to trial, and how they are to be convicted and sentenced. This reprint edition of the text, first published by Dover in 1971 and originally translated by Rev. Montague Summers, provides an affordable reading edition of an important book that is essential for anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the early modern witch-hunts.


New York: Dover, 2021. Paperback, 278 pages. New.

The Malleus Maleficarum - Heinrich Kramer, trans. Montague Summers