A Woodland Bookshop: The Hammer of Witches: A Complete Translation of the Malleus Maleficarum -The Malleus Maleficarum, first published in 1486-7, is the standard medieval text on witchcraft and it remained in print throughout the early modern period. Its descriptions of the evil acts of witches and the ways to exterminate them continue to contribute to our knowledge of early modern law, religion and society.'......'Of course it is women who are said to be more likely to fall under the power of evil spirits....the use of torture was perfectly normal and advisable - to garner a confession of guilt. But note that said confession only allowed your soul to be forgiven, but never saved your body from its due punishment.If you want a good look at how people thought about the spiritual or superstitious world during this time - this book will provide a most interesting commentary. This may explain much of how many people and countries think still today, as history shapes its future.'