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Episode 52: The Malleus Maleficarum with Chris Curran

“Bad Books Kill People” Exhibit A: The Malleus Maleficarum

“The swift propagation of the witch hysteria by the press was the first evidence that Gutenberg had not liberated man from original sin.” — Jeffrey Burton Russell

Sometimes readers forget that these cherished bound objects aren’t always beacons of goodness and enlightenment in a mad world. Sometimes, in fact, they can be a medium for a 15th century incel to rain down misery and death on thousands of people for hundreds of years!

Chris Curran from episode 16 returns to discuss the origins and the general repulsiveness of the Malleus Maleficarum—aka The Hammer of Witches, aka the Witch Hunter’s Manual—with Corinne and Emily.

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