The demonological treatise as a space of political conflict between religious authority and emerging territorial States: the Malleus Maleficarum and the subordination of the secular to the ecclesiastical authority

Sociedades Precapitalistas. 2015;4(2)


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Journal Title: Sociedades Precapitalistas

ISSN: 2250-5121 (Online)

Publisher: Universidad Nacional de La Plata

Society/Institution: Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación, Centro de Estudios de Historia Social Europea

LCC Subject Category: History (General) and history of Europe: History (General)

Country of publisher: Argentina

Language of fulltext: Spanish; Castilian

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Facundo Macías (Universidad de Buenos Aires. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Taking into account the particular motives of the authors of the Malleus Maleficarum and the cultural conditions of its writing, this paper will focus on the thoughts expressed there about the role of secular authority, and its relationship to face the inquisitors as church representatives, in the removal of the new sect of witches. Finally it will be establish the relationship between the production of the text and the emergence of the modern territorial State. We can anticipate that in a period where begins to emerge the new state structures, our theologians exalted, above any other source of real power, the power of the Vicar of Christ, doing the demonological discourse a space for political debate between two sources of authority in conflict (although supported by the same foundation -God-)