4 Works in De la démonomanie des sorciers | On the Demon-Mania of Witches - Jean Bodin

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    De la demonomanie des sorciers, or the demon-mania of witches, is a book about sorcery/witchcraft and witchcraft persecutions first published in 1580. The English version costs money, but the old French version is free. So, I have decided to try and translate this book into English to the best of my amateurish ability.

    The first chapter of this work is the full table of contents I translated from this work, which is separated into four books.

    Please remember that this text is most definitely biased, having been written by a white, Christian, male jurist from the 16th century, who was most definitely anti-witch. I believe any text can be valuable in the pursuit of knowledge, no matter the beliefs and opinions portrayed in the text.

    I studied French for four years in high school and a semester in college. I am by no means fluent though, especially not in 500-year-old, non-standardized French. If anything catches your interest, comment it and I'll try to work on those chapters first.
    This is only a side project, so please don't expect fast updates. Links for the original text and an old French-English dictionary provided in the first chapter.

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    The fourth book of De la demonomanie des sorciers by Jean Bodin, translated into English by an amateur.
    1.On the inquisition of witches (0%)
    2.On the plans required to prove the crime of witchcraft (0%)
    3.The voluntary and forced confessions made by witches (0%)
    4.Presumptions against witches (0%)
    5.Penalties that witches deserve (0%)
    6.Refutation of the opinions of Jean Wier (0%)

    Please see the first book in the series for the table of contents of all four books.
    I have not read through it yet, but based on the chapter titles, this book seems to mainly be about the witch trials that occurred in France at the time. These include confessions, how to prove witchcraft occurred, and what the punishments were for witchcraft.

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    The second book of the 1580 French work ,"The demon-mania of Witches," or "De la demonomanie des sorciers.
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    On Magick in general (0%)
    On tacit invocations of evil spirits (0%)
    On express invocations of evil spirits (0%)
    On those who renounce God by express comment, and if they are transported in body by demons ()%)
    On the astral projection of witches, and the ordinary dating they have with demons (62.5%)
    On Lycanthropy and if the Spirits can make people beautiful. (0%)
    If witches copulate with demons (0%)
    If witches can send diseases, sterility, hail, and tempests, and if they can kill people and beasts (0%)

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    1. Lawful means of obviating charms and witchcraft (0%)
    2. If witches can assure the health of afflicted people, and if they can give cures to diseases (0%)
    3. If witches can have, by their profession, the favor of the great, beauty, pleasures, honor, riches, and knowledge, and if they can give fertility (0%)
    4. If witches can harm more than others (0%)
    5. On the illicit means for preventing charms and malefices, and for curing diseases (0%)
    6. On those who are besieging and forcing using the evil spirits, and the means of the hunt (0%)

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