By Michael D. Bailey
I used to be excited upon receiving this booklet as I anticipated an exhilarating evaluate of witchcraft as understood within the Medieval interval, regrettably it used to be virtually merely an research of 1 person's unexciting interpretation of the malleus maleficarum. while you are trying to find a extra intriguing and thorough historical past I hugely suggest Nancy Caciola's Discerning Spirits. This ebook can also be slightly incomplete because it is approximately third of Bailey's dissertation chopped into publication shape explaining a lot of its overemphasis on a unmarried determine, possibly while he has released the remainder it is going to be extra thorough and consequently stress-free.
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A generation after the events, the Dominican Johannes of Mainz maintained that Texier wanted the priory reformed because of the approaching general council that was to be held in Basel beginning in 1431. Writing one generation later, Johannes Meyer reported that the Basel town council initiated the call for reform. qxd 9/3/02 2:42 PM Page 21 T H E L I F E O F J OH A N N E S N I DE R 21 1427. 46 The master general’s steps toward reform immediately raised resistance from the Basel priory and Klingental convent, and outside evidence veriWes that in Basel, in contrast to Nuremberg, an actual struggle took place.
Through Nider we have access to the idea of witchcraft at almost the very moment it Wrst appeared, and his writings provide important insights into the origins of this new phenomenon. qxd 9/3/02 2:44 PM Page 31 W I TC HC R A F T I N T H E W R I T I N G S O F J OH A N N E S N I DE R 31 member of the university-educated, reform-minded clerical elite. As such, he will not reveal much about the origins of the “reality” of witchcraft; that is, the actual practices that underlay the accusations and condemnations taking shape in the courts and the social, cultural, legal, and economic factors that drove the actual trials.
In addition, a sort of “steering committee” of twelve men, three from each deputation, oversaw the whole affair and assigned matters as they arose to the appropriate deputations. These bodies met in various locations around the city, and the Dominican priory was one of the most important centers of activity. At the outset of the council, the deputation on faith was housed in the Franciscan priory, while the deputation on peace convened in the Augustinian priory. The deputation on common matters met originally in St.