21 Pages

Celestina and the Magical Empowerment of Women

ByDorothy Sherman Severin

Celestina was written shortly after the Malleus Malificarum (Hammer of the Witches, 1484) which was to inspire a series of important sixteenth- and seventeenth-century witch persecutions. Although the importance of sorcery in the work has been recognized since Peter Russell’s seminal article of 1963, 1 in which he pointed out that Celestina performed philocaptio upon Melibea, the full implications of this theme are only just beginning to be examined.