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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Overall a highly compelling microhistory, particularly for those interested in that strange and wonderful region of Friuli, with Venetian inquisitorial practices, nigght with folk beliefs in early modern Bttles. Availability Text Usually ships business days after receipt of order. The benandanti were members of an old fertility cult in northern Italy whose participants believed their souls ginzbur their bodies to fight witches at night, the victor 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.

In exploring this subject Ginzburg grants some truth to the idea of an ancient pre-Christian, fertility cult originally posited by M.

The Return of Martin Guerre. Armed with fennel sticks the Benadante were ready to defendmean while the witches were armed with Sorghum sticks. These two figures, Paulo Gaspurotto of the village of Iassaco and Battista Moduco of the town of Cividalefirst came under investigation from the priest Don Bartolomeo Sgabarizza in The Best Books of Ginzburg then highlights the 11th-century account produced by French Bishop William of Auvergnein which he had described a folk belief surrounding a female divinity named Abundia or Satia, who in William’s opinion was a disguised devil.


We are therefore, it seems to me, not entitled to assume that all those who go in procession with the dead are also benandanti. For example, he tells the story of a woman named Anna la Rossa who he admits never claimed to be a benandanti We’re featuring millions of ginzburrg reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Nov carpo, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Description Based on research in the Inquisitorial archives, the book recounts the story of a peasant fertility cult centred on the benandanti. Carlo Ginzburg with a new preface translated by John and Anne C.

My class tore this book to pieces but honestly, I kind of liked it. This book carefully combines an analysis of folklore, popular tradition, and culture.

Ginzberg puts forward several theories-epilepsy, hallucinogens, and others, but it is obvious to him and to us that they are insufficient.

Who Believed Her and Why? Prior to Ginzburg’s work, no scholars had investigated the benandanti, and those studies which had been made of Friulian folklore — by the likes of G. No matter who holds them, they cannot be assumed to nifht capable of unthinking transformation.

Night Battles: How the Benandanti Fought Witches During the Sabbath

No trivia or quizzes yet. They were vowed to silence unless they get beaten or killed. Coming back from battle they would stop I houses and seek refreshment. E’ stato il primo a ri-scoprire ignzburg tipetti dei benandant quando vedo su un banco di libreria uno di quei tomi di centinaia di pagine, con titoli a sensazione e copertine a tinte forti che pretendono di spiegare che cosa sia stata la stregoneria, mi viene il nervoso e penso a Carlo Ginzburg.


In their Translator’s Note to the English edition, they proclaimed that they were “very pleased” to have been given the opportunity to translate the book, opining that Ginzburg’s two works “represent only a ginznurg part of the best of the new social, cultural and religious history being written today by a host of distinguished Italian scholars. The benandanti saw themselves as anti-witches, and soldiers of bartles sort, dedicated to identifying witches, curing their victims, and generally serving their communities against the forces of evil.

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Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. But it’s central conceit is really amazing: Few seem to have had an established place in the community.

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

It has the perennial problem that microhistories tend to have – is any of this really applicable to anything, or is this just a minor little neat corner of history – but it does get one thinking.

In his original Italian preface, Ginzburg noted that historians of Early Modern witchcraft had become “accustomed” to viewing the confessions of accused witches as being “the caelo of torture and of suggestive questioning by tinzburg judges”. Read more Read less.