Document Type

Book Review

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

10-2008

Journal or Book Title

Speculum

Volume

83

Issue

4

First Page

1009

Last Page

1011

DOI

10.1017/S0038713400017498

Abstract

Malleus 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.

Comments

This is a book review from Speculum 83 (2008): 1009, doi:10.1017/S0038713400017498. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

The Medieval Academy of America

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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