Prior to the fifteenth century, magic was thought to be performed by educated males who performed intricate rituals. University of Pennsylvania Press, Nider dealt specifically with witchcraft in the fifth section of the book. Please see link for more information: Pennsylvania State University Press. Views Read Edit View history.
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Life[ edit ] Nider was born in Swabia. He entered the Order of Preachers at Colmar and after profession was sent to Vienna for his philosophical studies, which he finished at Cologne , where he was ordained. He gained a wide reputation in Germany as a preacher and was active at the Council of Constance.
After making a study of the convents of his order of strict observance in Italy he returned to the University of Vienna , where in he began teaching as Master of Theology. Elected prior of the Dominican convent at Nuremberg in , he successively served as socius to his master general and vicar of the reformed convents of the German province.
In this capacity he maintained his early reputation of reformer and in he was chosen prior of the convent of strict observance at Basle. He became identified with the Council of Basle as theologian and legate, making several embassies to the Hussites at the command of Cardinal Julian. Sent as legate of the Council to the Bohemians he succeeded in pacifying them. He journeyed to Ratisbon to effect a further reconciliation with the Bohemians and then proceeded to Vienna to continue his work of reforming the convents there.
During the discussion that followed the dissolution of the Council of Basle by Pope Eugene IV , he joined the party in favour of continuing the Council in Germany; abandoning them, however, when the pope remained firm in his decision.
He resumed his theological lectures at Vienna in and was twice elected dean of the university before his death. As reformer he was foremost in Germany and welcomed as such both by his own order and by the fathers of the Council of Basle. As a theologian his adherence to the principles of St. Thomas and his practical methods made him distinguished among his contemporaries. He died at Colmar. Writings[ edit ] The most important among his many writings is the Formicarius , a treatise on the philosophical, theological, and social questions of his day.
Book Five of the Formicarius related to witchcraft and diabolism. It recounted the experiences of Peter of Greyerz , an Inquisitor active in the regions in and around Bern in the s to s.
Peter claimed to have interviewed a captured male witch , who described in detail aspects of witchcraft pertaining to acts of child murder , heresy , and apostasy. The Formicarius was circulated at the Council of Basle in For example, he allows a merchant sell a good in June, with payment delayed till December when the good is usually dearer, to charge the expected December price.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Herbermann, Charles, ed. Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Bailey, Michael D. Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN Franklin, James Johns Hopkins University Press.
Jump to: navigation , search This article is about the book. For information about the antthrush genus, see Formicarius genus. The Formicarius, written by Johannes Nider during the Council of Basel and first printed in , is the second book ever printed to discuss witchcraft. Nider dealt specifically with witchcraft in the fifth section of the book. The Formicarius is an important work for the study of the origins of the witch trials in Early Modern Europe , as it sheds light on their earliest phase during the first half of the 15th century.
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Formicarius Explained The Formicarius, written by Johannes Nider during the Council of Basel and first printed in , is the second book ever printed to discuss witchcraft the first book being Fortalitium Fidei . Nider dealt specifically with witchcraft in the fifth section of the book. With over 25 manuscript copies from fifteenth and early sixteenth century editions from the s to , the Formicarius is an important work for the study of the origins of the witch trials in Early Modern Europe , as it sheds light on their earliest phase during the first half of the 15th century. Prior to the fifteenth century, magic was thought to be performed by educated males who performed intricate rituals.