For the people of early modern Germany, the witch was not the cackling menace of fairytales or myth, but a real-life scourge on society that needed to be purged from their lives.
Within the orbit of witchcraft, what is the relationship between sexuality, heresy, and diabolism?
Although Joan’s trial took place in France and The Malleus Maleficarum was published in Germany, they are suitable for comparison because this text became the definitive manual for witchcraft inquisitors across Europe.
It will be seen below that many of the legendary happenings on which belief in the curative powers of saints was based were ridiculously improbable or impossible.
To help them identify the followers of Lucifer, Heinrich Kramer wrote the ‘Malleus Maleficarum,’ and it was ‘written to give teeth to the papal bull by Pope Innocent VIII.’ Where did he get his ideas for witchcraft? From what sources did he draw?