Malleus Maleficarum (review)Speculum
Document TypeBook Review
Publication VersionPublished Version
AbstractMalleus maleficarum is perhaps the most famous text in the history of European witchcraft. It is unfortunately best known to English-speaking readers via the 1928 translation presided over by the eccentric charlatan Montague Summers. With a paucity of notes, a tendentious historical introduction, and questionable translation choices at almost every turn, Summers's Malleus has long been excoriated by scholars, but no one (in the Anglophone world) stepped forward to produce anything better. That has now thankfully changed. Christopher Mackay's new edition and translation is a monumental, though somewhat marred, achievement.
Copyright OwnerThe Medieval Academy of America
Citation InformationMichael D. Bailey. "Malleus Maleficarum (review)" Speculum Vol. 83 Iss. 4 (2008) p. 1009 - 1011
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_bailey/42/