Johannes Nider ( – ) was a German theologian and member of the Dominican order. His work Formicarius, published around , is an important. Johannes Nider’s Formicarius was a demonological treatise written during the Council of Basel in Switzerland. Nider’s treatise detailed the. Formicarius. Front Cover · Johannes Nider. Formicarius: Dialogus ad vitam christianam exemplo conditionum Formice Johannes Nider Full view -.

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The fifth book, on witches, is structured around the colors of ants. This article related to a book about religion is a stub.

Witchcraft in Europe, This association between women and witchcraft would come to characterize much of the witchcraft hysteria of early modern Europe. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April All stub articles. According to Bailey, Nider was much more focused on reform in general, which was opposed by demons, who worked their opposition through subservient witches. The second book, dealing with revelations, was based on ants’ johhannes means of locomotion.

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For information about the antthrush genus, see Formicarius genus. The idea that any persons could perform acts of magic simply by devoting themselves to the devil scared people of this time and proved to be one of the many factors that led people to begin fearing magic [ citation needed ].

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Search Search using this query type: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In this book of the Formicarius, Nider makes mention of the practice of witchcraft, dealings between witches and demons, gatherings of witches, and the association of magic with women 3. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat University of Pennsylvania Press,p. Description This image is taken from a digitized version of the Formicarius, a text written by Jonannes Nider in the 15th century 1.


Log in to the Medieval European History Archives users only. University of Pennsylvania Press, A Documentary History, 2nd ed. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Valais witch trials —47 Val Camonica witch trialsNavarre witch trials Polula witch trials Lisbon witch trial Benandanti Fairy witch trials of Sicily Basque witch trials Roermond witch trial Spa witch trial Terrassa formivarius trials Werewolf witch trials Witch trial of Nogaredo —47 Salzburg witch trials —81 Northern Moravia witch trials Liechtenstein witch trials —82 Szeged witch trials —29 Doruchowo witch trial From Formicqrius to Witchcraft: Nider dealt specifically with witchcraft in the fifth section of the book.

Martha Brossier Labourd witch-hunt of Aix-en-Provence possessions Loudun possessions Louviers possessions Affair of the Formiacrius Nider presents reform and proper adherence to Dominican rites as the surest counter to witchcraft. The Formicarius consists of a number of books addressing various topics, including “good works and revelations,” “falsities and wicked acts,” and “the deeds of virtuous people. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. The Formicariuswritten by Johannes Nider during the Council of Basel and first printed inis the second book ever printed to discuss witchcraft the first book being Fortalitium Fidei [1].

Nider explained that females were capable of such acts by pointing out what he considered their inferior physical, mental and moral capacity. The third book examines false visions and uses the formiccarius sizes and kinds of ants. Nider, a Dominican reformer himself, intended the book to reach as wide an audience as possible through its use in johanens sermons.


Johannes Nider. Formicarius (The Ant Hill). Second edition, ca. 1484.

Probably the most famous one was written by French Inquisitor Bernard Gui around The work is further of note for its information regarding notably infamous figures of the time, one of whom was the sorcerer Scavius, who johanmes escaped his enemies on multiple occasions by metamorphosing into a mouse. The first book focuses on the deeds of good men and women and is organized around the occupations of ants.

In each case, the student quickly becomes bored and asks for contemporary examples. Added by Christopher Hightower. This region is also johanjes the book was most widely read. Prior to the fifteenth century, magic was thought to be performed by educated males who performed intricate rituals.

The title is Latin for “the ant colony”, an allusion to Proverbs 6: The treatise is organized fofmicarius various forms and conditions of the lives of ants.

This complex system of using ants as johanbes for various aspects of Christian belief and practice is only really addressed in the first few lines of each chapter, after which Nider focuses on whatever theme he means to address with almost no further reference to ants. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Please see link for more information: Fkrmicarius, each of the twelve chapters of each book was based on one of sixty conditions of ants’ lives.