By L. Kallestrup

This ebook deals a comparability of lay and inquisitorial witchcraft prosecutions. In lots of the early smooth interval, witchcraft jurisdiction in Italy rested with the Roman Inquisition, while in Denmark in basic terms the secular courts raised trials. Kallestrup explores the narratives of witchcraft as they have been laid ahead through humans focused on the rigors.

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The diabolic witch, defined as the witch who had engaged in a pact with the Devil, attended the sabbath and caused harm by her supernatural powers had yet to be invented in the 15th century. 51 In 1434 Pope Eugene IV presented a wider and rather unusual interpretation of heresy. 52 All these rituals would now be considered heretical. Two crucial papal bulls of 1484 and 1585 show how everyday magic as practised by the populace is gradually included in the Church’s frame of reference. Papal bulls were normally issued to address some more or less acute problem for the Church and expressed the official position of the Holy See.

Rather, it was an official expression of certain tendencies in demonology in the second half of the 15th century. Until then, the Church’s debate on the connection between practitioners of ritual magic and the Devil had led them to focus on a more socially elevated group 20 Agents of Witchcraft and not on illiterate villagers. The Summis desiderantes was issuing a warning not against learned or semi-learned people but against individuals secreted even in the most remote corners of the countryside.

69 Through these manuals the inquisition voiced an admission – not to be confused Marking the limits of transgression 23 with an acceptance – of the populace’s lack of insight into theological issues. This meant that the majority of trials acknowledged that the crimes of which the people were accused had not been committed with intent. 70 My main focus has been the Prattica, which is believed to have been written by Cardinal Desiderio Scaglia. Scaglia had himself been an inquisitor, before advancing with the Curia.

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