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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Nider explained that females were capable of such acts by pointing out what he considered their inferior physical, mental and moral capacity. This article related to a book about religion is a stub. Nider, a Dominican reformer himself, intended the book to reach as wide an audience as possible through its jogannes in popular sermons.

Pennsylvania State University Press. Additionally, each of the twelve chapters of each book was based on one of sixty conditions of ants’ lives.

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Added by Christopher Hightower. Views Read Edit View history. In each case, the student quickly becomes bored and asks for contemporary examples.

Witchcraft in Europe, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The fourth book deals with the virtues of saints and other holy people, using the stages of an ant’s life cycle.

The third book examines false visions and uses the variable sizes and kinds of ants. Most of these accounts are representative of the late medieval religious atmosphere of what is now Switzerlandsouthern GermanyAustriaand the southern Rhineland.


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 witch 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 Many of the stories relating to witchcraft take place in the Simme Valley and were told to Nider by Peter of Bernwho had conducted many witch trials in the region.


Prior to the fifteenth century, magic was thought to be performed by educated males who performed intricate rituals. For information about the antthrush genus, see Formicarius genus.

Nider dealt specifically with witchcraft in the fifth section of the book. From Sorcery to Witchcraft: All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April All stub articles. A Documentary History, 2nd ed.

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Keyword Boolean Exact match Search only these record types: Nider presents reform and proper adherence to Dominican rites as the surest counter to witchcraft.

There were other books written about witchcraft before this. Probably the most famous one was written by French Inquisitor Bernard Gui around With over 25 manuscript copies from fifteenth and early formicariud century editions from the s tothe Formicarius is an important work for the study of the origins of the witch trials in Early Modern Europeas it sheds light on their earliest phase during joohannes first half of the 15th century.


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. Formicarius Dublin Core Title Formicarius. 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].

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

This particular copy of the Formicarius is located on the website of Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Bavarian State Library. This region is also where the book was most widely read.

The idea that the magician was primarily female was also shocking to some. Nider was one of the first to transform the idea of sorcery to its more modern perception of witchcraft.

The idea that any persons could perform acts of magic simply by devoting themselves fofmicarius 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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