Malleus Maleficarum Credits

There are quite a few people who need to be credited for work involved with the Malleus Maleficarum Online project. Some were more important than others, obviously, but they were, and are, all invaluable.

The Malleus Maleficarum was

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“Thanks” are due to

  • Richard Brent – for providing invaluable assistance in nailing down some of the mythology and misinformation surrounding the Malleus Maleficarum, especially in regard to the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, and the Letter of Approbation. Richard insisted that the Malleus had not been included on the original 1559 publication of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum and provided links to reference sources that, in my mind, settled the issue of whether the Malleus was placed on the list of prohibited books, as well as whether or not the Letter of Approbation was a forgery.
  • Antonio Benvenuti – for first pointing out to me in February of 2008 that the Index Librorum Prohibitorum was not published until 1559. Quite frankly, I ignored it for some time as a semantic argument, assuming, like most people, that if the Malleus wasn’t placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1490, as is often alleged, that it was placed on the Index at some point in the following centuries. Seven months later, Richard Brent was almost solely responsible for convincing me otherwise, once and for all, but I would be remiss if i didn’t mention Antonio and credit his original, if unsubstantiated, assertion.
  • Dr. Christopher S. Mackay – for providing a modern scholarly translation of the Malleus Maleficarum, free of Rev. Montague Summers’ inherent prejudices in favor of the subject matter and many mistakes made during his 1928 translation (which is posted in its entirety on this web site). Thanks, as well, to Dr. Mackay for laying to rest during an interview with Morehead’s Musings the long-held belief in many circles that the Letter of Approbation that was included with the Malleus was a forgery (Dr. Mackay believes that it was not).
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Jeff Creager
10 years ago

I’m a 45 year old Christian who has studied the veiled history of the Catholic church and after reading commentary on your site I’d like to offer a bit of clarification. That juggernaut whore, the Papacy, used the Spanish Inquisition to exterminate a variety of heretics. To include Christian sects such as the Huguenots. The whore murdered 44 million over 400 years and officially ceased and desisted in 1838. Only to go underground to later perpetuate what should have been a 6 month war into the 4 year war you know as the American Civil War. They have meddled so extensively in world affairs that post WWII Catholics in America were fearful to admit their religious affiliation. Their brutality and subterfuge continue to this day. Any response is welcome.

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