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MALEFICIUM, civil law. Waste, damage, torts, injury. Dig. 5, 18, 1.

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Mitchell also makes the distinction that women are associated with acts that have a sexual component, and are most often accused of maleficium, trolldom (folk magic, hexes), and galdr (incantations, often love spells), while men are accused of apostasy, heresy, and other crimes against authority.
MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibition, the free Halloween art show, is open to the public on Saturday, October 29th from 6:30 p.
This is the maleficium of practical witchcraft, a performative utterance that Sawyer uses to "bewitch" Anne Ratcliffe, the crime for which she is executed by hanging.
Chapter 3, "Strange Labours: Maternity and Maleficium in the Theatre of Justice," offers an enlightening survey of the contemporary materials of magic and of countermagical measures, such as concealed magical artifacts like shoes and mummified cats found walled up in early modern houses.
In the late sixteenth century, however, the Roman Inquisition showed little interest in prosecuting offenders for practicing maleficium, or harmful magic, the crime that lay at the core of most witchcraft trials.
Nor did any seventeenth-century source point to Tituba as the originator of the dangerous fortune-telling games, or of the various misfortunes (languishing children, health, livestock, or crops) so often the evidence for maleficium (the use of the supernatural to effect harm).
In "Miracles, Maleficium, and Maiestas in the Trial of Jesus," John Welch suggests that the chief priests took Jesus to Pontius Pilate in the hope that he might find Jesus guilty under the Roman law of sedition, through illicit magical wonder-working.
55) However, while poisoning was the single most frequent allegation precipitating a trial, it accounted for only seven of the 22 primary accusations involving maleficium, and only six of the 51 secondary (supporting) accusations involving it.
Accompanying the usual maleficium, healing, and divination activities, these documents present information that the accused conjured up the storms to delay Queen Anne and assisted Bothwell in his attempts first to gain the king's favor and then to destroy him.
Bailey's assessment appears to be based largely on his reading of subsequent Carolingian and post-Carolingian legislation that strongly condemned magical practices long tolerated by clerics but which were now defined as magia, maleficium, or superstitio (70).
The reality of maleficium confirmed the equal but opposite power of beneficium, theologically present in those energies and effects of the church's sacraments which, because they were imperceptible, ran the danger of being thought imaginary.
The dramatic escalation in the number of witch trials toward the end of the sixteenth century and the process by which the traditional maleficium of everyday village life was demonized is a problem that historians have approached from a variety of perspectives, often with conflicting results.