Agents of Witchcraft in Early Modern Italy and Denmark by L. Kallestrup

By L. Kallestrup

This e-book deals 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 via humans desirous about the rigors.

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Many of the paragraphs seem to have been more or less copied from Scaglia’s manual. Where Scaglia worked from the overall term sortilegio (sorcery), Masini preferred the term stregoneria (diabolic witchcraft). 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.

They inflicted disease, made men impotent and women infertile. They mocked God, conspired against him, and had no scruples in committing these gruesome deeds. They were, in short, the primary enemy of Christian society. This damning description of the witches and their practices left no doubt that the Pope had to invest everything in the prosecution of these fiends. The Summis desiderantes contained information about witches and magicians based on Catholic theology, but it differed from previous arguments.

Where Scaglia worked from the overall term sortilegio (sorcery), Masini preferred the term stregoneria (diabolic witchcraft). 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.

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