bargain with the devil, but they had been tricked into doing so, and were, in
THE MALLEUS MALEFICARUM
any case, less than fully culpable by reason of their age, poverty, gross ignorance, and failing mentalhealth.
Despite their differences, Alphonso de Spina and Nicholas of Cusa both
accepted an essentially conservative and traditional view of witchcraft, in
which the experiences of women who followed the bonae res were basically
imaginary. For others, this kind of faith in ecclesiastical tradition seemed no