Compendium Maleficarum

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Compendium maleficarum, collected in 3 books from many sources, showing the iniquitous and execrable operations of witches against the human race, and the divine remedies by which they may be frustrated
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illustration from the original edition
Author Francesco Maria Guazzo
Translator E.A. Ashwin
Country Italy
Language Latin
Subject witchcraft, demonology
Genre witch hunter manuals
Publisher Apud Haeredes August
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 345
ISBN 978-84-8454-140-0
OCLC 561219090

Compendium Maleficarum is a witch-hunter's manual written in Latin by Francesco Maria Guazzo, and published in Milan, Italy in 1608.

It discusses witches’ pacts with the devil, and detailed descriptions of witches’ powers and poisons. It also contains Guazzo's classification of demons, based on a previous work by Michael Psellus.


The book was not translated into English until 1929, when this was accomplished under the direction of the witchcraft scholar Montague Summers.[1]


  1. ^ Compendium Maleficarum by Francesco Maria Guazzo, translated by E.A. Ashwin, 1929.

External links[edit]

  • Compendium Maleficarum - Online version of Latin text and scanned pages of Compendium Maleficarum published in 1626.

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