Compendium maleficarum, collected in 3 books from many sources, showing the iniquitous and execrable operations of witches against the human race, and the divine remedies by which they may be frustrated
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illustration from the original edition
AuthorFrancesco Maria Guazzo
TranslatorE. A. Ashwin
CountryDuchy of Milan
Subjectwitchcraft, demonology
Genrewitch hunter manuals
PublisherApud Haeredes August
Publication date
Published in English
Original text
[[s:la:Compendium Maleficarum|]] at Latin Wikisource

Compendium Maleficarum is a witch-hunter's manual written in Latin by Francesco Maria Guazzo, and published in Milan (present-day Italy) in 1608.

It discusses witches' pacts with the devil, and detailed descriptions of witches’ powers and poisons. It also contains Guazzo's classification of demons, based on a previous work by Michael Psellus.


The book was not translated into English until 1929, when this was accomplished under the direction of the eccentric witchcraft scholar Montague Summers.[1]


  1. ^ Compendium Maleficarum by Francesco Maria Guazzo, translated by E. A. Ashwin, 1929.