"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.