Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath

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For centuries witches on trial admitted to taking part in gruesome "sabbaths" where they cast spells, worshipped a bestial devil, enacted obscenely blasphemous rites and even devoured corpses. Many scholars believe that such confessions, often enacted under torture were just a reflection of their persecutors' fantasies. Certainly as Carlo Ginzburg shows, witch hunters adapted the stereotypes earlier used to descredit and persecute lepers and Jews.

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"Ginzburg''s learning is prodigious and his journey through two thousand years of Eurasian folkore a tour de force."--;i>The Observer"

--Keith Thomas "The Observer "

"At times, "Ecstacies" can be demanding. . . . But persist, and you will be rewarded with truly haunting stories and speculations."--Michael Dirda "Barnesandnoblereview.com "

"Ginzburg's learning is prodigious and his journey through two thousand years of Eurasian folkore a tour de force."--Keith Thomas "The Observer "

""Ecstasies" manages, with extraordinary candor, clarity, grace, and erudition, to steer between lurid sensationalism and dry-as-dust academic drivel, and between purely localized historiography and universalism. This is a big, bold, brilliant book."--Wendy Doniger "New York Times Book Review "

"Ecstasies manages, with extraordinary candor, clarity, grace, and erudition, to steer between lurid sensationalism and dry-as-dust academic drivel, and between purely localized historiography and universalism. This is a big, bold, brilliant book."--Wendy Doniger "New York Times Book Review "

"At times, Ecstacies can be demanding. . . . But persist, and you will be rewarded with truly haunting stories and speculations."--Michael Dirda "Barnesandnoblereview.com "

About the Author:

Carlo Ginzburg is the Franklin D. Murphy Professor of Italian Renaissance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of The Cheese and the Worms, The Night Battles, and Myths, Emblems, and Clues. Raymond Rosenthal (1922-2002) received the Present Tense Award for his translation of Primo Levi's The Periodic Table and was twice nominated for the National Book Award for his translations.

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