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Nicholas Remy was one of a number of French magistrates who gained notoriety as ruthless Inquisitors and Witch-hunters during the infamous Witch perscecutions of the 14th - 17th centuries. Remy was the author of Daemonolatreiae (Demonolatry) first published in Lyons in 1595. This was one of a chain of books written in the wake of the infamous Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of Witches) of 1486 intended to inflame the witchcraft delusion. The Daemonolatreiae was reprinted several times, translated into German and eventually replaced the Malleus Maleficarum as the most recognized handbook of witch-hunters in Europe. Remy’s claim to fame as an expert ‘witch-hunter’ is made on the book’s title page, in which he boasts to have personally condemned and burned 900 witches.
is thought to have been born around 1530 (?) at Charmes, in the Départment des
Vosges, Lorraine. His family
had long been known in the Province and came from a branch of the ancient House
of St. Remegio of Chalons sue Marne from approx 1254.
One ancestor Pierre Remy of Lorraine had been a Treasurer for Charles IV,
King of France from 1322 to 1328. His
father Gérard Remy was the Provost of Charmes, while his uncle was Lieutenant
General of Vosges. With a family
tradition of lawyers, it was only natural for Remy himself to enter the legal
profession. While studying law at
the University of Toulouse, he met and studied with another notorious
‘witch-hunter’ Jean Bodin.
After finishing his studies at Toulouse in 1563, Remy spent the next few years practicing law in Paris. In 1566 he inherited the ‘Manor of Rosieres’ from his mother, which had belonged to her mother the ‘Marchioness de Busancy’. In 1570 on the retirement of his uncle, Remy left Paris to take up his position and replace him as Lieutenant General of Vosges, at the sametime he was appointed by the Church to serve the Inquisition at tribunals in Alsace. There he gained his first hands-on experience at prosecuting and condemning witches. In 1575 he was appointed Privy Counsellor and Secretary to his Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Lorraine. At about this time Remy married, first to N. Pouletier about whom little is known, then to Anne Marchand his second wife and started a family. He is thought to have fathered at least seven children.
1581 Remy had been made State Attorney of Lorraine and Sheriff of the Court of
Nancy, from where he started on his reign of terror and “Purge of Witches”.
One incident in particular
seems to have triggared his intense hatered of witches.
A year later in 1582 his eldest son was supposedly killed in a street
accident after being cursed by an old beggar woman, one who Remy had earlier
refused to give alms. He
successfully prosecuted the woman as a witch for alledgily bewitching his son,
and had her put to death by burning. Over
the next 10 years from 1582 – 1592 Remy alledges that he condemned another 900
witches to a similar fate.
was a Roman Catholic and did his
work with the blessings of the Church, utterly believing in what he was doing.
He saw every ‘witch’ as an agent of the devil that needed to be
exterminated, and considered it justice done when they burned at the stake. According
to Remy, the Devil could appear in the shape of a black man or animal, one that
liked to part take in Black Masses. The
demons could also have sexual relationships with women, and in cases were they
did not agree, would rape them. He
became a blood Inquisitor and coldly boasted of the torture he forced on witches
to make them confess.
quickly gained a fearsome reputation due to the methods he used, his hatred against
those accused of witchcraft was such that he even had children as young as 6 or
7 stripped and scourged while they walked around the stake used to burn their
parents. His imagination in the use
of cruelty knew no bounds, and earned him the nickname of the ‘Torquemada of
his growing evil reputation, on the 09th August 1583 Remy
was enobled as “Seigneur de Rosieres-en-Blois et du Breuil”, by
‘letters patent’ of the Grand Duke of Lorraine, this was verified on the 06th
March 1584. As a nobleman, this
gave Remy the right to bear a ‘Coat of Arms’, which he had emblazoned with
the motto: Semper Fidelus
1591 Remy was elevated to Attorney General of Lorraine, and in that position he
was able to influence and override local magistrates he thought were too lenient
in their dealings with witches, thus maintaining his hatred for witches and his
reputation as a cruel and
fanatic witch hunter. When an
outbreak of the plague entered the province of Nancy in 1592
Remy retired from office and moved to the country.
There he wrote his infamous book Daemonolatreiae, based on his ten
year campaign against witchcraft.
book is devided into three sections, the first section is a study of Satanism,
in which he decribes satanic pacts, feasting, dancing and the sexual orgies that
took place at the witches sabbats. He
goes on to describe how the devil drew people into his service, first with
cajoling and promises of wealth, love and power.
If that did not draw people to him, the devil would then resort to
threats of disaster and horrible death. The
second section of the book is an account of witches activities, with much to do
about their sex lives. The third
section contains notes and case details of his many trials. While he claims to have condemned 900 witches, he cites only
128 cases here, however his figures and the names he gives cannot be
authenticated, for most of the trial records of that period have been lost.
Speculation has it that Remy may have borrowed the records to compile his
book and failed to return them??
the end of his life Remy wrote another book the Historie of Lorraine,
a small treatise about Rene II (1474-1508), which was published posthumously at
Pont a Mausson in 1617, but this gained little historical merit.
His only success was his Daemonolatreiae,
which was immensely popular in his day, and went through 8 editions including
two translations into German. Together
with the works of his contemporary Jean Bodin, to some extent Remy’s book
replaced the infamous Malleus
Maleficarum as a
leading authoritative guide to witch-hunting.
While he was responsible for the lives of so many innocent victims of witchcraft, and his book continued to influence the lives of others. Remy lived out the rest of his own life in the comfort of his estate, where he continued in the service of the Grand Duke of Lorraine. There he died in 1612, still secure in the righteousness of his murderous career as a ‘witch-hunter’.
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Written and compiled 01st April 2007
Updated 06th March 2020 © George Knowles
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