those which shall take vengeance on the witches will be blessed by him and will make his anger cease.
Even children and invalids were not to be spared torture, as Bodin demonstrated time and again by his own example as judge. Children, he said, should be forced to testify against their accused parents. One of his favored methods was cauterizing flesh with a red-hot iron and then cutting out the putrefied flesh. That torture, he said, was mild compared to the hell that awaited the condemned witch.
Bodin took exception with exorcism, however, which he said was both ineffective and dangerous to the exorcist. Music was preferable as a form of exorcism; in the Old Testament, Saul's possession had been calmed by music. Bodin did not believe that a person could cause another to become possessed (see possession).
Bodin savagely criticized JOHANN wEYER, a Lutheran physician and contemporary, who opposed the burning of witches and maintained they were helpless victims. Bodin said Weyer's books should be burned.
Except for Demonomanie, which served the purpose of the church, all of Bodin's other books on political theory were condemned by the Inquisition. Bodin died in Laon, a victim of the bubonic plague. See Nicholas Remy.
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