In the Malleus Maleficarum, Sprenger and Kramer's basic argument about the origins of witchcraft is that witchcraft is found chiefly in women due to several reasons that focus on characteristics of women. Sprenger and Kramer argue that witchcraft in women is more probable because women were very naive and impressionable, carnal lust is never satisfied in women, and they are of lower intelligence and weaker memories than men.
Women are viewed as very naive and impressionable because they are influenced much easier and therefore they are more likely to become involved with the devil. Women were "more credulous, and since the chief aim of the devil is to corrupt faith, therefore he rather attacks them"(120). Women being credulous and naive makes it easier for the devil to entice them into witchery. They were also much more impressionable making them prime targets for "disembodied spirits" to influence them and cause wickedness (120). The spirits referred to are those of evil and without faith, and since women were more vulnerable they would be more likely to abandon faith and be inclined to follow the devil. Sprenger and Kramer state that a "wicked woman is by her nature quicker to waver in her faith, and consequently quicker to abjure the faith, which is the root of witchcraft" (121). This further shows how much more likely it would be for women to become witches since the naivety and impressionability of women is what would cause the quickness to waver and abjure faith.
Sprenger and Kramer felt the insatiable carnal lust that was part of women led them to witchery because their lust cannot be satisfied and it would lead to involvement with the devil. Proverbs xxx states "There are three things which are never satisfied, yea a fourth thing which says not, It is enough; that is, the mouth of the womb" (127). Women basically are viewed as women obsessed with sexual encounters that could …

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In this book Christinafirst begins by telling about the three types of witchcraft that are usually referred to.In primitive societies there were two types white witchcraft or the craft of healing and black witchcraft or maleficium.But historians of the sixteenth century had to add a third type which only existed from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century and it has no contemporary equivalent. It was evolved from by the catholic church, it involved a new thing,the idea of a demonic pact.The witch became a witch by virtue "of a personal arrangement with the Devil who appeared to his potential recruit in some physical form.At this meeting, in return for renunciation of baptism, services on earth and the soul of the witch at death, the Devil promised material advantages and magical powers." (pg 3)
Atfirst the thought of witches and witchcraft was just a side note in society, it was there but no one really bothered with it,it was sometimes used when a person was on trial to further their guilt. It became more greatly used with James VI, from time to time he would use it as a way to get his way in different court proceedings and he was one of the principle agents in keeping them alive.He showed particular zeal in cases that had to do with people he suspected of treason.If they had anything to do with witches whatsoever he would use it as much as he could in their trials. He was very interested in cases having to do with Bothwell (someone he suspected of wanting his thrown).It was rumored that Bothwell and many of his friends were conspiring with witches.James became very interested in this.
"The reasons why he moved so rapidly from a position of indifference to witches before 1590 to that of being the most ardent prosecutor in there trials cannot be stated categorically.The most convincing explanation does seem to be a two-fold one: that he was introduced to demonology and titilla

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