Site Overlay


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.

Author: Mikat Voodoolkree
Country: Ukraine
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Travel
Published (Last): 9 August 2012
Pages: 155
PDF File Size: 15.98 Mb
ePub File Size: 12.72 Mb
ISBN: 412-4-30513-464-4
Downloads: 5699
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Fauk

I had to read this book for my “Restorations” class in college, in which we covered the topics of religious restorations in late 15t and 16th century Europe.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Either way, it is a fascinating snapshot based on accounts at the time into that society and region. Used – Good Sold by: When the Calabrian peasant or the Asturian or the Sardinian or the Polish, for the story is repeated again and again who, on being asked by a Jesuit missionary how many Gods there were, replied that he was uncertain but he thought possibly nine, he was not asserting his belief in an ancient polymorphic mystery cult.

All benandanti insisted their bodies were left behind on their journeys. In the area of Friuli Italy back during the medieval times there was a group of people properly known as the Banadante.

To this ginzzburg, however, I think that it should be stressed that any inquiry into meaning cannot be limited exclusively to conscious meaning. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Witch Hunting and Witch Trials C. There would seem, however, to be a lot wrong with this idea. This is certainly a far cry from the claims of the earlier benandanti glnzburg as Paolo Gasparutto and Battista Moduco, but it is not sufficient evidence that Soppe, Gasparutto and Moduco were all members of a single cult whose common nkght of beliefs had suffered a sea-change in the face of Inquisitorial hostility.

I also really liked The Cheese and the Worms: The bad witches had a black flag. Overall Ginzburg has written a thoroughly compelling book that begs the reader to continue turning the page. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Being a benandante

Who wouldn’t love this outstanding work of history? The reason for this popularity, both in and outside the academy, are not hard to find. Using a small set of inquisition documents to do his microhistory, Ginzburg claims ginzbugr he can reconstruct the progression of benandanti identity from their perspective from those who battle witches to those who are witches.

The benandanti ginbzurg members of an old fertility cult in northern Italy whose participants believed their souls left 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.

By the end, the ‘night battles’ of the benandanti had been assimilated into the idea of the witches’s sabbath.

Choose binding Paperback E-book. Microhistory responds to the problem of post-modernism’s subjective understanding of truth by sufficiently narrowing the historian’s scope. Availability Text Usually ships business days after receipt of order. In The Night BattlesGinzburg examines the trial accounts of those benandante who were interrogated and tried by the Roman Inquisitionusing such accounts to elicit evidence for the beliefs and practices of the benandanti.

The most obvious problem is to be found in the documents he has used. Second, he has great success in showing how the inquisitorial process was able to impose beliefs with such effectiveness that people would admit to them even when they knew giving the answer that was desired nigt surely bring giznburg to them.

In another case, Ginzburg claims that the trances during which benandanti left their bodies were ointment induced or caused by illness The Processions of the Dead 3. They were vowed to silence unless they get beaten or killed. Ginzburg explores the potential origin of these ideas, but his real focus is in how they were perceived. Was it that they became convinced of their own evil, or simply became indoctrinated out of fear and insistence to change stories to fit what they knew the inquisitors wanted regardless of what they knew to be truth?

Their beliefs, as they emerge from the records, are simply too vague, too uncertain in the face of determined and precise questioning — and torture — to be subject to wholesale transformation. What my work really demonstrated, even if unintentionally, was simply the first point.


Jul 23, Victor rated it really liked it. Nov 27, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Four times a year they would go out for battle, the ember days. The next section explores the connection between the benandanti and people who claimed to have contact with the dead. The bad witches gnizburg a black flag. In most cases, however, the proceedings were, battlss so often happened with Inquisition trials, merely abandoned.

People driven by faith or greed or a bit of both, sought witches and found them. In fact, while the culminating scene in the drama the meeting between the Inquisitor and the benandante follows more or less the same pattern, the initial scene takes on a quite different aspect with the passage of time.

He connects this account with the many other European myths surrounding the Wild Hunt or Furious Horde, noting that in those in central Europe, the name of Diana was supplanted by that of Holda or Perchta. They were often said to have gone to the nnight sabbats and partaken in profane rites that blasphemed Christianity.

One can see the trouble such statements would have given the inquisitor. The available documentation does not, in fact, provide any clear indication as to the marginality or otherwise of the benandanti. Ginzburg argues that the benandanti were the remnants of a pre-Christian, agrarian, fertility cult.

According bahtles William’s account, this creature travelled through houses and cellars at night, accompanied by her followers, where they would eat or drink whatever they found; Ginzburg noted parallels with the benandanti belief that witches would drink all of the water in a house. A sect should also have a ritual structure and I cannot accept that, by any definition, dream-states constitute rituals.

The Night Battles : Carlo Ginzburg :

Night Battles is fascinating. No matter their origins, this is most important: The book did not have a satisfying c So, I’m caflo historian to start with; I read this out of curiosity. The Work of Carlo Ginzburg”.