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Hans Peter Broedel

an unholy bargain with the devil, but they had been tricked into doing so, and were, in TMM5 8/30/03 110 5:40 PM Page 110 THE MALLEUS MALEFICARUM any case, less than fully culpable by reason of their age, poverty, gross ignorance, and failing mental health. 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 longer

in The <i>Malleus Maleficarum</i> and the construction of witchcraft