At the beginning of the 14th century the old elements of folklore and heresy were still shaping witchcraft. In Austria a group of heretics were accused of worshipping Lucifer and believing that he would one day be restored to heaven while St. Michael was cast into hell. On meeting, the heretics hailed one another with the words, ‘May the injured Lucifer greet you’. They were supposed to have underground orgies, and one young woman was said to argue that she was a virgin above ground though sexually experienced under the earth. These Luciferians also preached doctrines similar to those of the Catharists and Waldensians. The Waldensians (Vaudois in French) were actually reform minded heretics, but so closely did the orthodox perceive the connection between witches and Waldensians that the witches were often called Vaudois, and aller en vauderie came to mean ‘to go to the witches’ meeting’. The most common term for the meeting continued to be ‘synagogue’, though ‘sabbat’, equally insulting to Jews, became common in the next century.
On 11 Odctober, 1231, Pope Gregory directed a bull to Conrad, who was thereby relieved of some more duties in order that he might devote his attention to the inroads of the Luciferians, and abominable sect, whose covens, as it was alleged, actually saw the Demon under a human form and worshipped him with foul ceremonies at their midnight assemblies. They were, in fact, Satanists who devoted themselves to the most monstrous profanations and stopped at nothing to spread their devilish doctrines. Small wonder that Conrad proceeded against them with exemplary severity, and delivered the guilty to legal punishment, the stake. Plots, however, were incontinently laid against him and snares multiplied, until on 30 July, 1233, both he and his companion, a holy Franciscan named Gerhard Lutzelholb, were assassinated as they returned to Marburg. He is fittingly buried in the exquisite Gothic faneof S. Elizabeth, not far from the shrine of his spiritual daughter “die liebe Frau,” where the old stone steps are worn hollow by the knees pilgrims.
The Satanists seldom failed to perform their bad work with untiring energy, sowing evil and anarchy on every side, as was only too clearly evident from the revolt of the Setedingers, who had long been secretly corrupted by sorcerers ande heretics. The Stedingers (a word meaning those living about the shore) were a tribe of Frisian peasants who in past years proved wellnigh the despair of missionaires on account of their bitter resistance to both Christianity and culture and their obstinate perserverance in cruel pagan superstistions and darkness. Even in the 13th century their profession of faith seem s to have been at best lukewarm, and we are hardely surprised to learn that ignorance and rudeness made them an easy prey to the emissaries of the pestilential sects who now began to ravage and infest Europe. The Satanists taught the Stedingers anarchy, and in 1204 they broke out into open rebellion against the Archbishop of Bremen, Hartwich II, an enlightened and generous prelate. His successor Gerhard II (1219 57) was a man of sterner mould, and unable to endure their insolence and violence he sent a levy of troops against them. His army, however, was defeated in 1229, whereupon the Stedingers elated with their victory overran the whole country side, burning and plundering on every side. In particular were churches and monasteries the objects of their attack; the flame and smoke of reverend sanctuaries and hallowed houses of prayer mounted to heaven in ceaseless clouds amid the roar of crashing roofs and falling walls; neither age nor sex was spared; priest and nun were put to the sword amid cruel scenes of fearful blasphemy and the desecration of a 1000 altars. A synod held at Bremen, 17 march, 1230, in addition to these acts fo violence and outrage, accuses the rebels of the most hideous profanities and the open practice of sorcery, wherefor they were sternly excommunicated, a discipline which but served to spur the Stedingers on to fresh atrocities, whilst Gregory IX commissioned the Bishop of Lubeck aided by certain zealous Dominicans to use his best endeavours to quell the revolt by an appealto reason and sanity. A little later, however, the Pontiff learned the full extent of the evil, and the remorselessness of the ruffians with whom authority had to deal ere law and order might be restored. Frederick II placed the Stedingers under the ban of the Empire. Anarchy was growing apace. The strong castle of Slutterberg , near Delmenhorst, had been razed to the ground by a fearful horde3 of marauders, and Count Burckhardt of Oldenburg, its lord, was slain whilst bravely fighting in defence of his property. Vast multitudes of lubber kerns, ferocious levelers, savage desperadoes and brigands, the vilest rascality, swarmed like locusts over the land. With them went a train of sorcerers and sibyls, who prophesied their ultimate triumph throughout the world , and spurred them on to every deed of violence and licentiousness.
Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. III $54.00
The Untold History of The White Races Cir. 700 – 1700 a.d.
585 pages 720 pictures
- ISBN-10: 1943820074
- ISBN-13: 978-1943820078
Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. III is divided into 2 parts. The First part of this volume goes over The Catholic Church’s history during the Dark Ages & Medieval Times. These are a some of the things that are discussed: The Castrati (Castrated Boy Choir), Holy Blood & Organs, Jesus’s Holy Prepuce (Foreskin), The Penance & Anathema, The Fish Bishop, Saints that Levitate, The Incorruptible Saints, The Nun Manias, All Religious Holidays explained, The Heretics: The Luciferians, The Spanish Inquisition. The Second half of this book is a focus on the art of the times. These are the subjects reviewed: Monsters & Gargoyles, Castles & Knight Armory, More on Medicine & Magic, More on Werewolves, Demons & Hell, Over 100 Different Black Madonnas & Moorish Saints, The Catacomb Bone Churches, The Bejewelled Saints, Aliens, Astrology & Alchemy………………….
Spellbinding Photos of Witches at Work in Romania