Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

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Kors, Alan Charles; Peters, Edward, eds., Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700: A Documentary History (The Middle Ages Series, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press)

Text name(s): On Christian Teaching; Sermons; Etymologies, The Roman Penitential; A Warning to Bishops; Corrector, Sive Medicus; Didascalicon; The Sorceress of Berkeley; The Dectretum; Policraticus; The Heretics of Rheims; The Life of St. Justina; Summa contra gentiles; Summa theologiae; Quodlibet XI; Commentary on the Four Books of Sentences; The Mirror of True Penitence; Vox in Roma; Sorcery and the Inquisitors; Directorium inquisitorum; Letters of the Popes; Formicarius; Errores Gazariorum; Ut magorum et malificiorum errores; The Defender of Ladies; A Scourge for Heretical Witches; Summis desiderantes affectibus; Malleus Maleficarum; Terrible Case of Sorcery in Orleans; Die Emeis; Strix; On Diabolical Witchcraft; The Two Kinds of Sorcery and the Reformation; Witchcraft and the Reformation; De veneficiis; Tratado muy sotil y bien fundado; De praestigiis daemonum; On the Demon-Mania of Witches; The Confessions of the Chelmsford Witches; The Prosecutions at Trier; The Prosecutions in Scotland; Demonolatry

Number of pages of primary source text: 451


Dates: 400 - 1700

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Other


  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • France
  • Europe
  • England
  • British Isles
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Holy Roman Empire
  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Italy
  • Scotland
  • Spain


Record Types: 

  • Law - Legislation
  • Inquisition - Heresy
  • Hagiography
  • Court Roll
  • Letter
  • Other
  • Philosophic Work
  • Sermons
  • Theology - Doctrine
  • Theology - Practical

Subject Headings: 

  • Papacy
  • Magic / Witchcraft
  • Law - Canon
  • Heresy
  • Church Fathers
  • Philosophy / Theology
  • Piety
  • Religion - Institutional Church
  • Women / Gender


  • Index
  • Bibliography
  • Introduction


A collection of documents chronicling the rise and fall of witchcraft in Europe. As a second edition, this book has expanded its scope from that of the first edition (which dealt with witchcraft from 1100-1700). Many of the documents have been newly translated for this edition. The collection contains trial records, inquisitors’ reports, witches’ confessions, and excerpts from the theological works of Martin Luther, Thomas Aquinas, and Thomas Hobbes. Contains explanatory notes, introductory essays, all of which have been revised to reflect the modern scholarship on witchcraft. A comprehensive examination of witchcraft, this book is a valuable source for the study of the development of witchcraft, demonology, and persecution.

Introduction Summary: 

Cataloger: cdb; mk