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The Montague Summers Edition. Description This extraordinary document, considered one of the most important manuals ever compiled on witchcraft, offers striking insight into the early seventeenth-century mind and society’s attempts to cope with the evils it saw manifested in sorcery. A collection of writings by the Ambrosian monk Francesco Maria Guazzo, the Compendium comprehensively and penetratingly describes the entire practice and profession of witchcraft.

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Contemporary accounts noted that witchcraft and sorcery had “spread in all directions,” leaving “no country, town, village, or district, no class of society” free from the practice. This probing work, by a distinguished writer and scholar who perceived the devil as an evil force seeking to destroy men’s bodies and souls, was malefidarum attempt to help man live piously and devoutly, thus guarding against such seductions and manipulations.


Reproduced from a rare limited edition published in and supplemented with many erudite editorial notes by the Rev. Montague Summers, maleficarjm Compendium Maleficarum includes profoundly serious discussions of witches’ pacts with the devil, finely detailed descriptions of witches’ powers, poisons, and crimes; sleep-inducing spells and methods for removing them, apparitions of demons and specters, diseases caused by demons, and other topics.

Also examined in detail are witches’ alleged powers to transport themselves from place to place, create living things, make beasts talk and the dead reappear; witches’ cree of religion to heal the sick, laws observed by witches to cause and cure illness, differences between demoniacs and the bewitched, and other subjects from the realm of the supernatural.

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