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Joducus Damhouder
1591 Damhouder Praxis Rerum Criminalium Witchcraft Torture Criminal Law Woodcuts
Frankfurt: Nicolas Bassaeus, 1591. Damhouder's seminal work on criminal law illustrated with Woodcuts of people being tortured. Practica Gerichtlicher Handlungen In Burgerlichen Sachen with Et Praxis Rerum Criminalium 1591 Frankfurt: Nicolaus Bassaeus Woodcuts within text. 2 volumes in one. Folio, Contemporary pigskin over wood dated 1594 on the front cover. All edges are dyed in red. Clasps. "His two works our accounts of the law applicable to Flanders which he attempts to express in formal language and to reconcile with the civil law..." Adamiak, Frognak 144. Not in Adams. Damhouder (1507- 1581) Flemish jurist and magistrate studied law in Leuven and Orléans. After obtaining his doctorate in 1533, he practiced law as an advocate in Bruges. In 1537 he was appointed legal advisor of the city authorities, from which office he retired in 1550 to become clerk of the urban criminal court. In 1552 he was made a member of the Council of Finance by Mary of Hungary, governor of the Habsburg Netherlands, and held that office until 1575. His principal work was the Praxis rerum criminalium (first published in 1554), a manual on the practice of criminal law. The most immediate impact of Damhouder's works was on the witch trials of the time, in which the Praxis rerum criminalium and its translations were cited regularly as fundamental works. The Praxis dedicated a lengthy 64 paragraphs to witchcraft. According to the Praxis, witchcraft was a heinous crime that went unpunished too often because of the ignorance of magistrates, and which also covered love charms, fortune-telling, astrolog … [Click Below for Full Description]
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