Johannes Nider ( – ) was a German theologian and member of the Dominican order. His work Formicarius, published around , is an important. Dec 13, Johannes Nider’s Formicarius was a demonological treatise written during the Council of Basel in Switzerland. Nider’s treatise detailed the. THE BEGINNINGS OF THE WITCH-PERSECUTIONS. 1. WITCH-PERSECUTION IN THE EARLIER FIFTEENTH CENTURY. Nider, Formicarius, ed. of Augsburg.

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Bullarium Romanum Taurinensis editiosub anno Views Read Edit View history. But the wretched woman would not obey the commands of the Church; the count protected her from arrest and brought her secretly out of Cologne; thus she did indeed escape from the inquisitor’s hands but not from the dormicarius of excommunication.

The bull is also printed in full at the head of the Malleus maleficarumdescribed below. The Extracts is taken from the edition of Formicatius published at Douai in The fourth book deals with the virtues of saints and other holy people, using the stages of an ant’s life cycle.

In your opinion, have some good men been deceived by sorceresses or witches in our own day? Here it may be asked whether the judge, in the case of a prisoner much defamed, convicted both by witnesses and by proofs, nothing being lacking but his own confession, can properly lead him to hope that his life will be spared–when, even if he confess his crime, he will be punished with death.

Recently found by via Libri Then certain men of great learning wrote treatises concerning her, wherein they expressed not only diverse but also adverse opinions as to the Maid.

Pastedowns renewed in early 19th century. But if, neither by threats nor by promises such as these, the witch can be induced to speak the truth, then the jailers must carry out the sentence, and torture the prisoner according to the accepted methods, with more or less of severity as the delinquent’s crime may demand.


Peter’s, in the year of Our Lord’s incarnationon the nones of December, in the first year of our pontificate. This article related to a book about religion is a stub.

A great multitude were then summoned, of masters both in Foormicarius and in Civil Law, and she was examined for many days. Martha Brossier Labourd witch-hunt of Aix-en-Provence possessions Loudun possessions Louviers possessions Affair of the Nicer The Formicariuswritten by Johannes Nider during the Council of Basel and first printed inis the second book ever printed to discuss witchcraft the first book being Fortalitium Fidei [1].

Log in to the Medieval European History Archives users only. Search Search using this query type: We have in our days the distinguished professor of divinity, brother Heinrich Kaltyseren, Inquisitor of Heretical Depravity. With over 25 manuscript copies from fifteenth and early sixteenth century editions from the s tothe Formicarius is an important work for the study of the origins of the witch trials in Early Modern Europeas it sheds light on their earliest phase during the first half of the 15th century.

After this fashion was I seduced; and my wife also, whom I believe of so great pertinacity that she will endure the flames rather than confess the least whit of the truth; but, alas, we are both guilty. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Formicaius Policy. If any presume to attempt this, let him know that he incurs the wrath of almighty God and of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul.

Nider explained that females were capable of such acts by pointing out what he considered their inferior physical, mental and moral capacity. The judge must then address to the prisoners the following sentence: Nider formicariis specifically with witchcraft in Liber V of Formicarius, although references to occult subjects formicsrius scattered throughout formicwrius entire text.

Occasional moderate damp-staining to top portion of some leaves: One of the earliest books which throws light upon the methods of the persecutions is the Formicariusor “Ant-Hill,” of the Dominican theological formiacrius, Johannes Nider, written, in its final form, about But, if the prisoner will not confess the truth satisfactorily, other sorts of tortures must be placed before him, with the statement that, unless he will confess the truth, he must endure these also.

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Additionally, each of the twelve chapters of each book was based on one of sixty conditions of ants’ lives. Attractive contemporary probably original binding rubbed, some wear to extremities. Desiring with supreme ardor, as pastoral solicitude requires, that the catholic faith in our days everywhere grow and flourish as much as nidr, and that all heretical pravity be put far from the territories of the faithful, we freely declare and anew decree this by which our pious desire may be fulfilled, and, all errors being rooted out by our toil as with the hoe of a wise laborer, zeal and devotion to this faith may take deeper hold on the hearts of the faithful themselves.


Fragments of 14th-century vellum manuscript used as spine-liner. Salem witch trials — Joan, therefore, rode constantly like a knight with her lord, predicted many successes to come, was present at some victories in the field, and did other like wonders, whereat not only France marveled, but every realm in Christendom.

The Formicarius was written between andwhile Nider was part of the theological faculty at the University of Vienna. Traces of removed early bookmark tabs at fore-edges of five leaves, occasionally causing small marginal tears.

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He cites his informants: Nider, a Dominican reformer himself, intended the book to reach as wide an audience as possible through its use in popular sermons. For, after confession, the young man was seen to die in great contrition. This region is also where the book was most widely read.