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Ghilieri, Amy 1981-

Works: 2 works in 6 publications in 1 language and 22 library holdings
Genres: Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: D899,
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Most widely held works by Amy Ghilieri
Ulrich Molitor's De lamiis et pythonicis mulieribus : purposes for the publication of a new witchcraft handbook by Amy Ghilieri( )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inquisitorial and secular witchcraft handbooks during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were largely dynamic texts, depending on the intended audience and publication date. The most significant of these was certainly the Malleus Maleficarum, published in 1487 by Jacob Sprenger and Heinrich Institoris. This vade mecum of procedure and ideology was the basis for many other texts of this nature, including the De Lamiis et Pythonicis Mulierihus (Concerning Witches and Demons), written by Ulrich Molitor in 1489, only three years after the initial publication of the Malleus Maleficarum (Witches' Hammer) . In sharp contrast to the frequently studied Malleus, Ulrich Molitor's work has received little attention from scholars, allowing room for speculation as to why the book gained such popularity. There are many reasons why such a work would be published, but the similarity in scope, argument, and publication date between these texts make these reasons unclear. Ultimately, it will be argued that while the De Lamiis was published at the request of Sigismund the Archduke of Austria in order to further explain the "witchcraft problem" during his reign, the book's popularity resulted from the marketing techniques used in its publication. Publishers of the work employed literary methods that became popular during the fifteenth century, namely, the use of didactic dialogue in the vernacular. What is more, the type of illustrations used throughout the text appealed to unsophisticated readers, some of whom were only marginally literate. This emphasis on vernacular literature was furthered by the changes that took place in publishing and the marketing of texts during the fifteenth century, including the smaller format and use of less dense text blocks of the De Lamiiss . The timing for the publication of Molitor's work immediately after the publication of the Malleus was ideal given the contextual environment of fifteenth century Germany. It followed the perfect "trend" of the time, the witchcraft movement, and was marketed perfectly within that trend, which allowed it to remain popular for centuries
Text and image in Ulrich Molitor's De Lamiis et phitonicis mulieribus, 1489-1669 : a bibliographic and cultural analysis by Amy Ghilieri( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1489 Ulrich Molitor wrote De Lamiis et phitonicis mulieribus at the request of Sigismund, the Archduke of Austria, in order to explain the realities of witchcraft within the region of Tyrol. Published just two years after the infamous Malleus Maleficarum, De Lamiis was meant to be an inexpensive publication that addressed Sigismund's concerns regarding witchcraft, while appealing to a more general public. As the first printed manual on witchcraft activity that was illustrated, it became an instant success and was subsequently published more frequently than the Malleus between 1489 and 1669. In this study, I: (1) determine the nature of the text - number of editions, details of each edition, etc., and (2) identify the book's legacy. Ultimately this study provides an analysis of the role that De lamiis played in the visual formation of the witch in Europe, from the late fifteenth-century to the seventeenth-century. Due to the wide dispersal of De lamiis between 1489 and 1669, the association of text and image within the book helped create what, by the mid sixteenth century, became the visual representation of the witch
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