In 1428, a woman named Matteuccia Francisci appeared before and inquisitor at Todi. The inquisitor had evidently conducted extensive inquiry into her activities, and had obtained charges against her from numerous former clients. He routinely specified the precise place and year in which Matteuccia had performed sorcery for these clients, or given them recipes or advice. Many of these patrons were women whose husbands no longer loved them, and the sorceress prescribed a wide variety of folk remedies for this complaint. Many of these cures involved use of herbs; others centered about rituals in which wax images were placed over fire still others involved use of incantations. Though the records specify that Matteuccia gave such prescriptions ‘at the instigation of a diabolical spirit,’ many of her incantations called upon members of the Trinity, the Virgin, and various saints. The woman appears to have been something of a specialist in folk medicine, and on one occasion prescribed a contraceptive for the concubine of a local priest. The bulk of the trial contains no hint of diabolism. Towards the end, however, one can discern a clear caesura: the tone of the allegations shifts abruptly, and one finds Matteuccia confessing to all the crimes perpetrated by members of the devil’s sect. The emphasis is still largely upon bewitchment, but the maleficent acts are different in kind from those in the earlier part of the trial, and from those in records of witnesses’ deposition. Rather than employing magical substances and rituals, the subject is supposed to have anointed herself with unguents made, among other things, from the fat of babies. She then recited a formula, whereupon a demon appeared in the shape of a goat, transporting her to the assemblies over which he presided. On countless occasions she is supposed to have gone to the homes of people in various towns and sucked the blood out of their babies, so that their fat might be employed in the manufacture of unguents. Though there is no mention in the record that the later admissions were made under judicial coercion, it is difficult to account for the abrupt change by any other hypothesis. Clearly in this trial the notions of diabolism were superimposed on earlier charges in the course of judicial interrogation.
To achieve transvection or metamorphosis, witches rubbed their bodies with ointement. An early story by Nider, before 1435, told how a woman rubbed herself with ointment while seated in a large kneading trough; she immediately went to sleep and dreamed of flying, shaking the trough so much that she fell out and injured her head. On the other hand, nearly all the later demonologists believed in the physical actuality of trasnvection.
Probably basing their accounts partly on popular folklore of medicinal herbs, partly on the repelling ingredients of classical magic, and partly on their imagination, the continental demonologists described some of the ways to prepare these salves.
For example, Prierias, the papal champion against Luther, in 1521 said that the ointment used for flying through the air was made chiefly from the thick stew of boiled children, preferably unbaptized. Guazzo, in 1608, repeated this fantasy. Francis Bacon enlarged on this hint, and in Sylva Sylvarum satirically noted that “the fat of children digged out of their graves” could be mixed with fine mean and “the juices of smallage, wolfbane, and cinque foil,’ he added, scientifically, that “the sporiferous medicines are likest’ to drug the witches into delusions of flight. This hallucination was induced, “not by incantations… but by ointments and anointing themselves all over.” Later Fellows of the Royal Society were not all so scientific as Bacon. Glanvill, for example, believed in transvection. Another scientist, Henry More, in 1653 explained how the magic ointment, in “filling the pores, keeps out the cold and keeps in the heat and spirits, that the frame and temper of the soul may continue in fit case to entertain the soul again at her return”-Antidote Against Atheism. On the other hand, Jean de Nylaud in 1615 said the ointment must be rubbed until the body was red [a rougir], so that the medication could penetrate the pores more deeply.
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