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Term: Malleus Maleficarum

(Latin, “Hammer of Witches”) Witch-hunting manual written by the German friars Heinrich Kramer and Jakob Sprenger, first published in 1486. The most popular of all the Witch-hunting manuals of early modern Europe, the Malleus provided a detailed account of official Catholic beliefs about Witches, their actions and motives, and the proper methods for identifying them and obtaining confessions through torture.