By L. Kallestrup

This ebook bargains a comparability of lay and inquisitorial witchcraft prosecutions. In many of the early smooth interval, witchcraft jurisdiction in Italy rested with the Roman Inquisition, while in Denmark in simple terms the secular courts raised trials. Kallestrup explores the narratives of witchcraft as they have been laid ahead by means of humans fascinated about the rigors.

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The shaming ritual would also isolate the culprit in the local community. According to Canon Episcopi, it was to prevent ‘the plague from spreading’. For the inquisition it was more important to re-Catholicize its members than to banish them. 3 The condemnation of witchcraft in Denmark Witchcraft in medieval Denmark It is not possible to extract much information about witch trials in Denmark before the Reformation. Court records from the medieval period are generally sparse, and it has only been possible to trace a handful of trials, all of them conducted in the early 16th century.

If anything suspicious was found or if there were any grounds for doubt, the doctor would be required to get a second opinion from a colleague. The Instructio distanced itself from the many instances in which an illness attributed to witchcraft would have been clarified by a simple medical explanation. 117 The Instructio’s discussion of corpus delicti touches on several procedural irregularities that the inquisitor might be at risk of committing. It warned against passing judgement under pressure from outside elements.

42 The central issue here is that Thomas Aquinas was attempting to define magicians’ position in relation to God and the Devil. In this sense he was continuing the attempt to identify the Church’s position on the matter. The doctrines of Thomas Aquinas would prove to be crucial for the inquisition’s prosecution of popular magic in the 16th and 17th centuries. Thomas Aquinas’ teachings on the source of magic and on the powers of the Devil and his demons in sorcery became integrated into the Italian inquisitors’ handling of the witch trials.

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