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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Some were believed and released or had their cases suspended.

The Night Battles: Witchcraft & Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries

They were vowed to silence unless they get beaten or killed. Members were called before Church trials and demanded to explain their experiences. Night Battles is fascinating. Hutton pointed out that Ginzburg’s argument that “ancient dream-worlds, or operations on non-material planes of consciousness, helped to create a new set of fantasies at the end of the Middle Ages” differed strongly from Murray’s argument that an organised religion of witches had survived from the pre-Christian era and that ginzbueg of witches’ sabbaths were accounts of real events.

If they won, the harvest would be good, if they lost, there would be famine. Such is the case of the benandanti of the Friuli north-eastern region of Italy. Apr 11, Dr. This was so cool. Nov 09, Vincentvanstop rated it really liked it Shelves: A really interesting look into the origins and applications of the witch craze in Europe.

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These benandanti might recall some part of the night battles, but no longer insisted on their separation from the witches, instead admitting under pressure to also cavorting with Satan and spitting on the cross.

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Night Battles: How the Benandanti Fought Witches During the Sabbath

Who Believed Her and Why? This is followed battpes an exploration of the investigation into a midwife named Caterina Domenatta, who was accused of sorcery, and who admitted that both her father and dead husband had been benandante.

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The English translation included a foreword by the prominent English historian Eric Hobsbawm β€”in which he argued that the “real interest in [Ginzburg’s] extremely interesting book” lay not in its discussion of shamanistic visionary traditions, but in its study of how the Roman Catholic Church intervened in “traditional peasant practices” and warped them to fit their own ideas about witchcraft.

If the witches one it would be a year of famine if the Benadante won then it would be a bountiful year. The narrow subject matter deals with the agrarian cult in Fruili called the benandanti.

At their sabbats they would dance, sing, drink and eat among other things. They may as well have all been single individuals aware, as the entire community was clearly aware, of the existence of a number of beliefs which linked the possession of the caul to an ability to protect the crops and to cure those who had been bewitched; and they each exploited this knowledge β€” and confessed to their exploitation of it β€” in their different ways.

There, they would ‘battle’ with witches armed with sorghum sticks. Jun 04, John rated it it was amazing. Overall a highly compelling microhistory, particularly for those interested in that strange and wonderful region of Friuli, with Venetian inquisitorial practices, and with folk beliefs in early modern Europe.


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The Night Battles

Ginzburg goes on to examine how the Inquisition came to believe the benandanti to be witches themselves, and ultimately persecute them out of existence. Many reviewers argued that there was insufficient evidence to indicate that the benandanti represented battlss pre-Christian survival. Learn more about Amazon Prime. If the witches one it would be a year of famine if the Benadante won then it carol be a bountiful year. Since this is a history book, and not a novel with a surprise twist at the end, be aware that this whole review is a spoiler – the events have already happened and should not be a surprise.

There work was connected primarily to the agricultural farming seasons. Night Battles is about a small society of people discovered and investigated by the religious authorities; a people who shared a bizarre set of spiritual beliefs. A peasant as much as a philosopher has to have a reason to believe.

He has been able, as few others would have been if presented with the same material, to make his historical characters live. The Best Books of