Johannes Nider ( – ) was a German theologian and member of the Dominican order. His work Formicarius, published around , is an important. Dec 13, Johannes Nider’s Formicarius was a demonological treatise written during the Council of Basel in Switzerland. Nider’s treatise detailed the. THE BEGINNINGS OF THE WITCH-PERSECUTIONS. 1. WITCH-PERSECUTION IN THE EARLIER FIFTEENTH CENTURY. Nider, Formicarius, ed. of Augsburg.

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Thus bound under curse, she quitted. A third view is, that the judge fomricarius safely promise witches to spare their lives, if only he will later excuse himself from pronouncing the sentence and will let another do this in his place. Bullarium Romanum Taurinensis editiosub anno Soon after their return from Rome they set themselves at the compilation of a hand-book which should leave no judge an excuse for laxity–an exposition of witchcraft and a code of procedure for the detection and punishment of witches.

Martha Brossier Labourd witch-hunt of Aix-en-Provence possessions Loudun possessions Louviers possessions Affair of the Poisons In this book of the Formicarius, Nider makes mention of the practice of witchcraft, dealings between witches and demons, gatherings of witches, and the association of magic with women 3. The Formicarius uses a teacher-pupil dialogue as its format. Even when armed with the forrmicarius bull, the German Inquisitors found their preparation incomplete.

Occasional light soiling, mostly marginal. And note that, if he confesses under the torture, he must afterward be conducted to another place, that he may confirm it and certify that it was not due alone to the force of the torture. And because at that time, as, alas! Nider dealt specifically with witchcraft in the fifth section of the book.


For, after confession, the young man was seen to die in great contrition. Joan, therefore, rode constantly like a knight with her lord, predicted many successes to come, was present at some victories in the field, and did other like wonders, whereat not only France marveled, but every realm in Christendom. And, although our beloved sons Henricus Institoris and Jacobus Sprenger, of the order of Friars Preachers, professors of theology, have been and still are deputed by our apostolic letters as inquisitors of heretical pravity, the former in the aforesaid parts of upper Germany, including the provinces, cities, territories, dioceses, and other places as above, and the latter throughout certain parts of the course of the Rhine; Nevertheless certain of the clergy and of the laity of those parts, seeking to be wise above what is fitting, because in the said letter of deputation the.


Formcarius deals specifically with witchcraft in Liber V of Formicarius, although references to occult subjects are scattered throughout the entire text. In each case, the student quickly becomes bored and asks for contemporary examples.

Pastedowns renewed in early 19th century. One clasp defective, formicaruus other fully functional. In what here follows, I suspend my judgment; but I will tell you what is repeated by public rumor and report. But the wretched woman would not obey the commands of the Church; the count protected her from arrest and brought her secretly out of Cologne; thus she did indeed escape from the inquisitor’s hands but not from the sentence of excommunication.

The idea that the magician was primarily female was also shocking to some.

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Lux et Umbra ]. Moreover, there was lately in France, within the last ten years, a maid of whom I have already spoken, named Joan, for her prophetic spirit and for the power of her miracles. Printed in single volume 33 lines and head-line, in large gothic letter Type 2: These are, the tongue, the ecclesiastic, and the woman; all of theee are commonly best of all, so long as they are guided by a good spirit, but worst of all if guided by an evil spirit.

The attendants obey forthwith, yet with feigned agitation. Nkder in contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards; two brass clasps and engraved brass catchplates. Last year, while he was exercising his inquisitorial office in the city of Cologne, as he himself told me, he found in formicxrius neighborhood a certain maiden who nixer went about in a man’s dress, bore arms and dissolute garments like one of nobles’ retainers; she danced in dances with men, and was so given to feasting and drink formixarius she seemed altogether to pass the bounds of her sex, which she did not conceal.

Valais witch trials —47 Val Camonica witch trialsNavarre witch trials Polula witch foormicarius Lisbon for,icarius trial Benandanti Fairy witch trials of Sicily Basque witch trials Roermond witch trial Spa witch trial Terrassa witch trials Werewolf witch trials Witch trial of Nogaredo —47 Salzburg witch trials —81 Northern Moravia witch trials Liechtenstein witch trials —82 Szeged witch trials —29 Doruchowo witch trial And, while he is being tortured, he must be questioned on the articles of accusation, and this frequently and persistently, beginning with the lighter charges–for he will more readily confess the lighter than the heavier.


The Sourcebook is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted texts related to medieval and Byzantine history. This region is also where the book was most widely read.

The work is further of note for its information regarding notably infamous figures of the time, one of whom was the sorcerer Scavius, who reputedly escaped his enemies on multiple occasions by metamorphosing into a mouse. The title is Latin for “the ant colony”, an allusion to Proverbs 6: It must be answered that opinions vary.

And this, all other apostolic decrees and earlier decisions to the contrary notwithstanding; or if to any, jointly or severally, there has been granted by this apostolic see exemption from interdict, suspension, or excommunication, by apostolic letters not making entire, express, and literal mention of the said grant of exemption; or if there exist any other indulgence whatsoever, general or special, of whatsoever tenor, by failure to name which or to insert it bodily in the present letter the carrying out of this privilege could be hindered or in any way put off, or any of whose whole tenor special mention must be made in our letters.

For there three things in nature, which, if they transgress the limits of their own condition, whether by diminution or by excess attain to the highest pinnacle whether of goodness or of evil. I subjoin here his account of St. In Germany, especially, the Inquisitors charged with the task found themselves hampered by skepticism. There were other books written about witchcraft before this. Search Search using this query type: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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We have in our days the distinguished professor of divinity, brother Heinrich Kaltyseren, Inquisitor of Heretical Depravity.