By Carlo Ginzburg, John Tedeschi, Anne C. Tedeschi
In response to examine within the Inquisitorial documents, the publication recounts the tale of a peasant fertility cult concentrated at the benandanti. those women and men appeared themselves as expert anti-witches, who (in dream-like states) it appears fought ritual battles opposed to witches and wizards, to guard their villages and harvests. in the event that they received, the harvest will be sturdy, in the event that they misplaced, there will be famine. The inquisitors attempted to slot them into their pre-existing pictures of the witches’ sabbat. the results of this cultural conflict which lasted over a century, used to be the gradual metamorphosis of the benandanti into their enemies – the witches. Carlo Ginzburg exhibits essentially how this modification of the preferred inspiration of witchcraft used to be manipulated by way of the Inquisitors, and disseminated all over the place Europe or even to the recent international. The peasants’ fragmented and burdened testimony reaches us with nice immediacy, permitting us to spot a degree of well known trust which constitutes a useful witness for the reconstruction of the peasant state of mind of this age.