From The Hammer of Witches, 1486:
Why Superstition Is Chiefly Found In Women
- They are more credulous than men, and since the chief aim of the devil is to corrupt faith, he attacks them by preference.
- They are readier to receive spiritual influences. When they use this quality well, they are very good, but when they abuse it, they are very bad.
- They have slippery tongues.
- They are feebler in mind and body than men.
- They were formed from a bent rib [of Adam], which makes them deceptive.
- The word femina [Latin for woman] is derived from fe [faith] and minor [less].
- They are affected by strong passions, given to brooding and vengeance…wherefore it is no wonder that so great a number of witches exist.
- Women have weak memories…to follow their own impulses without thinking of what is due – that’s all they can keep in mind.
- Woman is a liar by nature.
- She is more dangerous than a snare…If she places her hands on a creature to bewitch it, she achieves her purpose with the help of the devil.