Investigations into Magic, an Edition and Translation of Martín Del Río’s Disquisitionum magicarum libri sex

Volume 6


The sixteenth century saw the world as being mortally threatened by Satan who was encouraged by the widespread popularity of magic and other occult practices. Church and society struck back to defend people from this tidal wave of wickedness. Del Río’s panoramic and detailed treatise provided a powerful weapon in that battle. Far from dry scholarship, however, ‘Investigations’ is an engaging, fascinating, earnest conversation between Del Río and his readers and a major contribution to understanding key aspects of everyday sixteenth century behaviour and the problem of evil.

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Peter Maxwell-Stuart, Ph.D. (1994), FRHS, FSAC Scotland, is Reader in History at the University of St Andrews. He has widely published on classical subjects and occult sciences, as well as translations including Gómez Pereira's Antoniana Margarita (Brill, 2019).

José Manuel García Valverde, Ph.D. (2004), University of Seville, is Professor of Renaissance Philosophy as well as Greek Classical Thought. He has published critical editions, translations and many articles on the history of Aristotelianism, including Giacomo Zabarella. De rebus naturalibus (Brill, 2015) and Gómez Pereira’s Antoniana Margarita (Brill, 2019).

Note on the Latin Text

Disquisitionum magicarum libri sex

Book 6: The Duty of a Confessor
 Chapter 1: The Duty of a Confessor as Judge
 Chapter 2: The Duty of the Confessor as physician
 Chapter 3: A Defence of a Number of the Church’s Remedies against the Malicious Accusations of Heretics
 A Summary of Twelve Wholesome Pieces of Advice Which Confessors Ought to Have at Hand

Appendix: The Life of Martín Del Río of the Society of Jesus, by Heribert Rosweyde SJ, (1609)
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