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Sprenger, Jakob

SPRENGER, JAKOB (/. 1500), the Dominican inquisitor of Cologne, who with Heinrich Kramer (institor) published Malleus maleficarum or Hexenhammer, the standard textbook on witchcraft, especially in Germany. The book gives (i) evidences of witchcraft; (2) rules for discovering it; (3) proceedings for punishment.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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