Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 3273
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Broedel , Hans Peter.
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  • Title: To Preserve the Manly Form from So Vile a Crime: Ecclesiastical Anti-Sodomitic Rhetoric and the Gendering of Witchcraft in the "Malleus Maleficarum" [Broedel argues that Heinrich Krämer, the author, with the help of Jacob Sprenger, of the "Malleus maleficarum," adopted the language and critiques of sodomy to describe witchcraft, thus making it a crime of deviant sexuality. Since women were naturally predisposed to witchcraft due to weaknesses in their nature, they were lured into sexual sins with demons. Men who were enchanted by witches lost their potency or became emasculated. Using these kinds of arguments, Krämer created a witch that was much more threatening than in other contemporary tracts. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source URL: Essays in Medieval Studies (Full Text via Project Muse) 19 (2002): 136-148. Link Info target = '_blank'>Essays in Medieval Studies (Full Text via Project Muse) 19 (2002): 136-148. Link Info
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Gender Homosexuality Kramer, Heinrich, Inquisitor, and Jacob Sprenger, Preacher- Malleus Maleficarum Masculinity Misogyny Sexuality Sodomy Witches Women's Nature
  • Geographic Area: Germany
  • Century: 15
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  • Author's Affiliation: Hamilton College
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  • Year of Publication: 2002.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 10432213
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