Poetry

Malleus Maleficarum

When the finger is pointed,
a hammer falls and death
is the only outcome.
The only question:
Salvation, or damnation?

© Sarah Doughty

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28 thoughts on “Malleus Maleficarum”

  1. A very good question – I am sure nobody thought it quite like that. Who knows perhaps its was salvation – release from the untold miseries that they were subjected to in the name of witch hunting

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    1. Exactly, people were tortured in order to obtain a confession and be saved (which would then mean they’d have to die) or, they could continue being tortured, refuse to confess to something they never did, and die from their injuries instead. Craziness. I’m sure according to the church, confession meant their souls were restored.

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    1. Oh, yeah, I’ve done tons of research for my books. The Malleus Maleficarum was written by Heinrich Kramer, by the request of the Catholic Church. In it, were all the different manners of determining if someone was a witch, and therefore a demon. Though the Church officially denounced the book due to the methods that were suggested, many adopted the same practices as part of the inquisition. The title of the book literally means “The Hammer Against Witches”.

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      1. I know!!! I love it! It’s so good. I just think it’s amazing. I’ve seen parts of the book (obviously just photocopies) and it was just incredible. I mean, horrific, but incredible. And so fascinating. It’s interesting what people have believed in throughout the times, and how those beliefs have changed.

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