+quot;a comet is a hot and dry conglomeration, generated in the higher part of space near

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"a comet is a hot and dry conglomeration, generated in the higher part of space near the fire, and that a conjoined globe of hot and dry vapour assumes the likeness of a star .... since for the most part the rich are fed on things of a hot and dry nature, therefore at such times many of the rich die ... And this view is not far from the view of S. John Damascene, when carefully considered, except as regards the operation and co-operation of the Angels, which not even the philosophers can ignore." Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger, _Malleus Maleficarum_ (1490), Part I, Question 5.

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