The Night Battles
Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Tedeschi, Anne C.
|Publication Date:||Oct 2013|
| Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
| Book Format:||Paperback|
|List Price:||USD $25.95|
| Book Description: |
Based on research in the Inquisitorial archives of Northern Italy, The Night Battles recounts the story of a peasant fertility cult centered on the benandanti, literally, "good walkers." These men and women described fighting extraordinary ritual battles against witches and wizards in order to protect their harvests. While their bodies slept, the souls of the benandanti were able to fly into the night sky to engage in epic spiritual combat for the good of the...