The Night Battles. Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Carlo Ginzburg with a new preface translated by John and Anne C. In The Night Battles, Carlo Ginzburg looks at a small group of northeastern Italian people from the area of Friuli who claimed to be ‘benandanti.’ The benandanti. The Night. Battles. Witchcraft & Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries. Carlo Ginzburg. Translated by John & Anne Tedeschi. On 21 March.

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The Night Battles

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Scores and scores of women and men were imprisoned, tortured and in some cases killed, apparently for their own good. Feb 24, J. When the inquisitors asks her if it is true that on a certain date she taught a certain local woman how to see the spirits of the dead, the accused tearfully replies that she did not teach the local woman anything, but that the woman came to her looking for help, because she saw ghosts but wanted to stop seeing them.


Review “A work of genuine intellectual distinction. Calro e culti agrari tra Cinquecento e Seicento.

Ginzburg is clearly the authority and has establish a reputation as one of the most learned scholars in matters of inquisition and witch hunt.

Eventually, the church believes that benandanti are witches themselves and persecutes them. Sep 30, Darcy rated it liked it. Used – Good Sold by: The author does a great job explaining the concepts that even a layman would find it comprehensible and enjoyable. And yet it is certain that not every case began and ended with torture, and at times even the inquisitors were at odds about a certain potential heretic.

Over all though I liked it. Four times a year they would go out for battle, the ember days. Other books in this series.

Being a benandante

Usually they are summoned by an angel or the captain. It is bagtles with case studies that document that change and progression of attitude by the church towards the Benadante. There is no way Ginzburg can support, with his available evidence, what the true intentions of the benandanti were when they confessed to witchcraft practices.

Return to Book Page. But first let me dispel any suggestion that my praise of his literary gifts was in some sense intended to devalue his equally considerable historical ones. Members were called before Church trials and demanded to explain their batles.

The Benandanti between Inquisitors and Witches 4. The result of this cultural batltes which lasted over a century, was the slow metamorphosis of the benandanti into their enemies – the witches. Its peculiarity consisted in the fact that the life of its members was conducted on two levels, one by day and the other by night: Availability Text Usually ships business days after receipt of order.


This new identity was imposed, according to Ginzburg, by the inquisitors who used leading questions and other devices such as fear to convince the accused benandanti into altering their confessions to fit batgles new model of witchcraft, which can be traced through the confession transcripts. Classic study of the disjunction between ginzbrg and popular conceptions of witchcraft in the early modern period. Dec 16, Peter gnzburg it really liked it Shelves: What my work really demonstrated, even if unintentionally, was simply the first point.

As always, when a history book reports the voices of the people, such as verbal of inquiries of the Inquisition, I love it. Sep 09, Danielle rated it really liked it Shelves: Qui si tratta di credenze popolari e culti agrari del Friuli. They claimed that they were fighting to defend the harvest, and that if they lost to the witches the crops would fail.

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