By L. Kallestrup
This booklet bargains a comparability of lay and inquisitorial witchcraft prosecutions. In many of the early glossy interval, witchcraft jurisdiction in Italy rested with the Roman Inquisition, while in Denmark simply the secular courts raised trials. Kallestrup explores the narratives of witchcraft as they have been laid ahead by means of humans desirous about the rigors.
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Such a pact would be made when the magician might think that he was calling upon divine powers in his rituals but when he would, in fact, be summoning demons. Here Thomas Aquinas would have been countering the perception of many magicians, who thought that God was the power that made the magical rituals work. According to this, magicians were simple folk who were tempted into sin. They were simple in the sense that they believed their magical rituals to be shortcuts to wealth or happiness. For Thomas Aquinas, the purpose of the rituals played a vital part.
The meaning of the pact was indisputable: magicians had traded their souls to gain the assistance of the Devil. Furthermore, magicians could pledge someone else’s soul to the Devil. 92 Scaglia noted that, even though the magicians might sell another person’s soul, they would themselves be doomed. Indications of the pact having been made could be quite difficult to establish. 93 The desecration of Christian symbols and sacraments were seen as particularly odious signs of Marking the limits of transgression 27 the explicit pact.
Masini’s idea of streghe (witches) was broader and his distinction between streghe and other magicians less consistent. 110 It could also be argued that the perception of witches that is expressed in the manuals primarily represented popular notions about the evil intentions of witches and about their practice of malevolent magic, which Scaglia must have known from his work as an inquisitor. Where Scaglia found it necessary to include elements taken from the learned, demonological image of the witch, referring to black sabbaths and the harm caused by hatred alone, he kept them so brief that the reader might easily believe that their inclusion was nothing but a formality.
Agents of Witchcraft in Early Modern Italy and Denmark by L. Kallestrup