Things to remember while reading Malleus Maleficarum

• The Malleus Maleficarum was written almost two hundred years prior to the Salem hysteria.

• The basis for the book was the concept (idea) of malefecia, which are mean and evil acts committed by witches or sorcerers. Malleus Maleficarum was actually written because Pope Innocent VIII felt that not enough witches were being prosecuted (punished) by the courts for acts of malefecia, and there needed to be a guide that would help people better identify witches and the acts of witchcraft.

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