Malleus Maleficarum (1486) – the Medieval Witch Hunter Bestseller

Explore a chilling odyssey into the dark heart of the Middle Ages with a compelling lecture on the infamous “Malleus Maleficarum,” from 1486. The Malleus Maleficarum, commonly known as the Hammer of Witches, stands as the most renowned treatise on witchcraft. Penned by the German Catholic clergyman Heinrich Kramer, or Henricus Institor, it initially emerged in Speyer, Germany in 1486. Regarded as a significant demonological work of the 15th century, Kramer blamed women for his own desires, presenting his personal opinions as the stance of the Church. Although condemned by prominent theologians of the Inquisition at the Faculty of Cologne for advocating unethical and unlawful practices, and contradicting Catholic demonological doctrines, the Malleus treated sorcery as heresy, urging secular courts to prosecute it accordingly. Advocating torture for eliciting confessions and endorsing death as the sole means to eradicate the “evils of witchcraft,” the Malleus proposed burning “witches” at the stake, akin to the fate of heretics during that era. Despite ecclesiastical censure, the Malleus found favor among laypeople, enjoying a period of popularity. Join us as we decipher the arcane secrets hidden within this terrifying tome, delving into the twisted minds of its contributors to understand the methods, beliefs, and atrocities endorsed within its pages. Brace yourself to confront the malevolent specter of witch hunts and superstition that gripped the past, shedding light on a dark chapter that continues to haunt our collective memory.


Lena Schattenherz Heide-Brennand is a Norwegian lecturer with a master degree in language, culture and literature from the University of Oslo and Linnaeus University. She has been lecturing and teaching various subjects since 1998. Her field of interest and main focus has always been topics that others have considered strange, eccentric and eerie, and she has specialised in a variety of dark subjects linked to folklore, mythology and Victorian traditions and medicine. Her students often point out her thorough knowledge about the subjects she is teaching, in addition to her charismatic appearance. She refers to herself as a performance lecturer and always gives her audience an outstanding experience

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24 June 2024 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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