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Compendium Maleficarum: The Montague Summers Edition (Dover Occult) Paperback – September 1, 1988
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This witch hunters manual was written by Guazzo, a rather uneducated italian monk, belonging to an obscure monastery, who had some local popularity among his farmers in northern italy, and who wrote this text to flatter one of his protectors.
It seems, that he compiled his knowledge from a multitude of sources, without integrating them into coherent framework.The structure of the book is rather unclear, and Summers hints, that the original was written in very poor 'monks latin'.Its theory is even more contradictory than the 'Malleus Malleficarum', and therefore it never became an authoritative source - not even inside the vatican.
It seems that this book's first edition in 1608 found very few readers,and that edition 2 in 1626 was published post mortem to commemorate a popular citizen, not to celebrate his 'science'.
It seems that the woodcuts appeared in the second edition to attract readers,because the text itself attracted little interest. By the way, it is possible, but can not be proven, that this book caused the witch hunt in MILANO in early 17th century.
Summary: minor source for history of witch hunt, famous for its superb woodcuts, not for its content,
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Montague Summers never disappoints in his treatment of the occult and its very real dangersPublished 16 months ago by John Phillips
Worth reading (with a pinch of salt) to get a feel of the times when they where written and the medieval mind set.Published 22 months ago by I. Longhurst
If you're looking for books relating to the modern religion called Wicca, then this book will probably not be what you're looking for. Read morePublished on May 21, 2003 by Umbrarium
The Milanese Monk of the Ambrosini, Francesco Maria Guazzo (also known as "Guaccio")didn't so much WRITE his famous best-selling Demonological compendium of the first... Read morePublished on October 8, 2001 by Anita Fix
One of the most boreing books that I ever had the misfortune to read!(Yawn!) When I ordered it, I thought that it would contain ancient formulas and such in ref. Read morePublished on May 10, 2001