Anti-Witches II: Inquisition Trials and Eastern European Lore – Italian History

In this episode, Nick delivers stories from the inquisition trials of the Benandanti, and also goes into related lore from Livonia, Slovenia, Serbia, and more! Find out why the zduhać, or storm wizard, is the most bad-ass Dungeons & Dragons character class you’ll ever play!

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Co-hosts: Nick (lead host) with Anna and B. T. Newberg (co-hosts)

Time/place: The Friuli, Italy, 1575 CE, and greater Europe

Dead idea: The Benandanti

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Main Sources

Ginzburg, C. (1983). The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Trans. Tadeschi, J. and Tadeschi, A. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Zika, C. (2015). “Witches as ‘Others’: Mobilizing Emotion in 16th and 17th Century Images.” Lecture distributed via Emotions Make History (podcast), Episode 15, October 22nd.

Maps, pics, references, and more at Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff.

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