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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 ยท Johannes Nider. Formicarius: Dialogus ad vitam christianam exemplo conditionum Formice Johannes Nider Full view -.

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The treatise is organized the various forms and conditions of the lives of ants. Unlike his successors, he did not emphasize the idea of the Witches’ Sabbath and was skeptical of the claim that witches could fly by night.

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

In each case, the student quickly becomes bored and asks for contemporary examples. Search Search using this query type: This region is also where the book was most widely read. Probably the most famous one was written by French Inquisitor Bernard Gui around 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 nideer 3. For information about the antthrush genus, see Formicarius genus.


Please see link for more information: Nider dealt specifically with witchcraft in the fifth section of the book.

“Johannes Nider” by Michael D. Bailey

Pennsylvania State University Press. A Documentary History, 2nd ed. Keyword Boolean Exact match Search only these record types: Additionally, each of the twelve chapters of each book was based on one of sixty conditions of ants’ lives. Nider, a Dominican nier himself, intended the book to reach as wide an audience as possible through its use fogmicarius popular sermons. Nider presents reform and proper adherence to Dominican rites as the surest counter to witchcraft. The fifth book, on witches, is structured around the colors of ants.

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Nider used the ant colony as a metaphor for a harmonious society. With over 25 manuscript copies from fifteenth and early sixteenth 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 the first half of the 15th century.

University of Pennsylvania Press, The first book focuses on the deeds of good men and women and is organized around the occupations of ants.

Witchcraft in Europe, 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 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].


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The idea that the magician was primarily female was also shocking to some. 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. jobannes

Log in to the Medieval European History Archives users only. Description This image is taken from a digitized version of the Formicarius, a text written by Johannes Nider in the 15th century 1.

University of Pennsylvania Press,p. Formicarius Dublin Core Title Formicarius.


The Formicarius uses a teacher-pupil dialogue as its format. After the theologian would present these, nideer student asks clarifying questions that Nider used to dispel what he saw as common misconceptions. This article is about the book.

The third book examines false visions and uses the variable sizes and kinds of ants.