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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Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Description Based on research in the Inquisitorial archives, the book recounts the story of a peasant fertility cult centred on the benandanti.


These men and women regarded themselves as professional anti-witches, who in dream-like states apparently fought ritual battles against witches and wizards, to protect their battlws and harvests. If they won, the harvest would be good, if they lost, there would be famine.

The inquisitors tried to fit them into their pre-existing images of the witches’ sabbat.

Being a benandante

The result of this cultural clash which lasted over a century, was the slow metamorphosis of the benandanti into their enemies – the witches. Carlo Ginzburg shows clearly how this transformation gonzburg the popular notion of witchcraft was manipulated by the Inquisitors, and disseminated all over Europe and even to the New World.

The peasants’ fragmented and confused testimony reaches us with great immediacy, enabling us to identify a level of popular belief which constitutes a valuable witness for the reconstruction of the peasant way of thinking of this age. The Best Books of Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions x x Looking for beautiful books?


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Table of contents 1. The Night Battles 2. The Processions of the Dead 3.

The Benandanti between Inquisitors and Witches 4. The Benandanti at the Sabbat. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

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