The Malleus Maleficarum: A Real-life Witch Hunter's Bible


Title page from a 1669 edition of the Malleus Maleficarum. J. Sprenger and H. Institutoris

During Europe's period of witchcraft hysteria, one enterprising (and failed) witch hunter sought to bolster his reputation by creating an authoritative text on the existence, discovery and persecution of witches. While it may seem silly now, the Malleus Maleficarum was a runaway success, with thousands of copies inundating European society even while various officials warned against treating it as a reliable source. Listen in to learn more about The Hammer of the Witches.