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The Night Battles

By Carlo Ginzburg
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  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Isbn : 1421409933
  • Pages : 240
  • Category : History
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In his new preface, Ginzburg reflects on the interplay of chance and discovery, as well as on the relationship between anomalous cases and historical generalizations.

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  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
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The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Isbn : 0062416219
  • Pages : 208
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 160
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Book Summary:

A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho. Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

The Night Battles

By Etienne Stockland,Luke Freeman
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  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Isbn : 1351353276
  • Pages : 93
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 312
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Book Summary:

In The Night Battles, Carlo Ginzburg does more than introduce his readers to a novel group of supposed witches – the Benandanti, from the northern Italian province of Friulia. He also invents and deploys new and creative ways of tackling his source material that allow him to move beyond their limitations. Witchcraft documents are notoriously tricky sources – produced by elites with fixed views, they are products of questioning designed to prove or disprove guilt, rather than understand the subtleties of belief, and are very often the products of torture. Ginzburg placed great stress on variations in the evidence of the Benandanti over time to reveal changing patterns of belief, and also focused on the concept of ‘reading against the text’ – essentially looking as much at what is absent from the record as at what is present in it, and attempting to understand what the absences mean. His work not only pioneered the creation of a new school of historical study – ‘microhistory’ – it is also a great example of the creative thinking skills of connecting things together in an original way, producing novel explanations for existing evidence, and redefining an issue so as to see it in a new light.

Command the Night Against Battles of Life

By Tella Olayeri
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  • Publisher : GOD'S LINK VENTURES
  • Isbn : PKEY:6610000279579
  • Pages : 89
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 493
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Book Summary:

Battle of life is not what we handle with levity. In the battle field you either loss or gain, win or be defeated. In night battle, unseen forces are at alert as well, but in Christ, you always win the battle. The purpose of this book is for you to fight and win the battle. No battle of life shall overcome you if you pray the prayers in this book. The prayers are straight to the point. Seven hundred prayers are raised in the book. They are Holy Spirit vomited prayers to silence the enemy. If you pray the prayers as directed enemies will bow and surrender. With this book, sorrow will expire, poverty will disappear, salvation will envelop your life, great doors will open, mockers will disappear; you will be on fire and dwell on the mountain top. Arise and fight the battle of champions. You will excel and cross over to your Canaan Land. It is now, don’t tarry. Pick this book.

Palgrave Advances in Witchcraft Historiography

By J. Barry,O. Davies
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 0230593488
  • Pages : 248
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 759
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Book Summary:

This is the first book to offer a detailed modern survey of Witchcraft historiography. By using a broad chronological structure, from contemporary responses through to modern day, the book draws on contributions from a range of leading experts in the field to provide a much-needed overview of the area.

Civilizations of the Supernatural

By Fabrizio Conti
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  • Publisher : ISD LLC
  • Isbn : 615816898X
  • Pages : 383
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 769
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Book Summary:

Civilizations of the Supernatural: Witchcraft, Ritual, and Religious Experience in Late Antique, Medieval, and Renaissance Traditions brings together thirteen scholars of late-antique, medieval, and renaissance traditions who discuss magic, religious experience, ritual, and witch-beliefs with the aim of reflecting on the relationship between man and the supernatural. The content of the volume is intriguingly diverse and includes late antique traditions covering erotic love magic, Hellenistic-Egyptian astrology, apotropaic rituals, early Christian amulets, and astrological amulets; medieval traditions focusing on the relationships between magic and disbelief, pagan magic and Christian culture, as well as witchcraft and magic in Britain, Scandinavian sympathetic graphophagy, superstition in sermon literature; and finally Renaissance traditions revolving around Agrippan magic, witchcraft in Shakespeare's Macbeth, and a Biblical toponym related to the Friulan Benandanti's visionary experiences. These varied topics reflect the multifaceted ways through which men aimed to establish relationships with the supernatural in diverse cultural traditions, and for different purposes, between Late Antiquity and the Renaissance. These ways eventually contributed to shaping the civilizations of the supernatural or those peculiar patterns which helped men look at themselves through the mirror of their own amazement of being in this world.

Death, Ecstasy, and Other Worldly Journeys

By John Joseph Collins,Michael A. Fishbane
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  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Isbn : 0791499545
  • Pages : 423
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 394
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Book Summary:

This is a psychological and historical exploration of belief in a spirit world, imperceptible to the senses, as a pervasive and deeply-rooted characteristic of religion.

Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theories

By Michele Marrapodi
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1317056590
  • Pages : 338
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 872
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Book Summary:

Throwing fresh light on a much discussed but still controversial field, this collection of essays places the presence of Italian literary theories against and alongside the background of English dramatic traditions, to assess this influence in the emergence of Elizabethan theatrical convention and the innovative dramatic practices under the early Stuarts. Contributors respond anew to the process of cultural exchange, cultural transaction, and generic intertextuality involved in the debate on dramatic theory and literary kinds in the Renaissance, exploring, with special emphasis on Shakespeare's works, the level of cultural appropriation, contamination, revision, and subversion characterizing early modern English drama. Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theories offers a wide range of approaches and critical viewpoints of leading international scholars concerning questions which are still open to debate and which may pave the way to further groundbreaking analyses on Shakespeare's art of dramatic construction and that of his contemporaries.

The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan

By Kirsten Cather Fischer
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  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Isbn : 0824865731
  • Pages : 342
  • Category : Art
  • Reads : 952
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Book Summary:

In 2002 a manga (comic book) was for the first time successfully charged with the crime of obscenity in the Japanese courts. In The Art of Censorship Kirsten Cather traces how this case represents the most recent in a long line of sensational landmark obscenity trials that have dotted the history of postwar Japan. The objects of these trials range from a highbrow literary translation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and modern adaptations and reprintings of Edo-period pornographic literary “classics” by authors such as Nagai Kafu to soft core and hard core pornographic films, including a collection of still photographs and the script from Oshima Nagisa’s In the Realm of the Senses, as well as adult manga. At stake in each case was the establishment of a new hierarchy for law and culture, determining, in other words, to what extent the constitutional guarantee of free expression would extend to art, artist, and audience. The work draws on diverse sources, including trial transcripts and verdicts, literary and film theory, legal scholarship, and surrounding debates in artistic journals and the press. By combining a careful analysis of the legal cases with a detailed rendering of cultural, historical, and political contexts, Cather demonstrates how legal arguments are enmeshed in a broader web of cultural forces. She offers an original, interdisciplinary analysis that shows how art and law nurtured one another even as they clashed and demonstrates the dynamic relationship between culture and law, society and politics in postwar Japan. The Art of Censorship will appeal to those interested in literary and visual studies, censorship, and the recent field of affect studies. It will also find a broad readership among cultural historians of the postwar period and fans of the works and genres discussed.

When I Sit In Darkness

By Tabbie Chamberlain
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  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Isbn : 1512720798
  • Pages : 136
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 828
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Book Summary:

In the darkness, the battle we fight can be very detrimental, very costly. It isn’t how long or how short the battle is, but how well equipped we are for fighting the enemy. “The night is long, the battle sore, No time to stop and tally score. Keep fighting on, don’t give up ground, For soon you’ll wear the victor’s crown.” Our trust must be in God’s ability to see us through the darkest times, not in His desire to let us escape the night. “When I Sit In Darkness” is a beacon that will cast a light into your world, giving you strength for today and hope for tomorrow. From its pages, I trust that you can feel the Spirit of the Lord as the words sink deep into your soul, and bring assurance that you will survive your darkness.

Sons of Thunder

By John James Boanerges
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  • Publisher : Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
  • Isbn : 1098030281
  • Pages : 564
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 142
  • File Pdf: sons-of-thunder.pdf

Book Summary:

A few years ago, I gave my granddaughter a KJV Bible. On the inside cover, I wrote "In this book are all of the answers to all of life's questions." At one time in our history, nearly every home had a family Bible. In it were kept the records of births, deaths, marriages, and many other events that occurred in the family. If a home today has a Bible, it is most likely to gather dust. To those who attend church, it may or may not be opened up on Sunday. Bible studies have become more social planning events than they have in studying the Word of God. Dark days are upon us. Most people have just enough religion to inoculate them against the real thing. Too many have embraced their vanities and have fallen prey to the ravenous lion. My prayer is that this book will prompt readers to examine more closely both what they believe and why they believe it. It is my hope that the reader will become more educated and encouraged to study God's Word. If this writing encourages but one soul to seek a deeper relationship with Jesus, then all will have been worth every effort. No greater reward can be given to the writer than to know that I had some small role to play in the salvation of a wandering soul. Solomon made us to know that of the making of books, there is no end. The technological era that we live in has us plugged into all sorts of devices. Perhaps we should unplug from the world long enough to discover what really matters.

Witchcraft and Demonology in Hungary and Transylvania

By Gábor Klaniczay,Éva Pócs
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 3319547569
  • Pages : 412
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 460
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Book Summary:

This book provides a selection of studies on witchcraft and demonology by those involved in an interdisciplinary research group begun in Hungary thirty years ago. They examine urban and rural witchcraft conflicts from early modern times to the present, from a region hitherto rarely taken into consideration in witchcraft research. Special attention is given to healers, midwives, and cunning folk, including archaic sorcerer figures such as the táltos; whose ambivalent role is analysed in social, legal, medical and religious contexts. This volume examines how waves of persecution emerged and declined, and how witchcraft was decriminalised. Fascinating case-studies on vindictive witch-hunters, quarrelling neighbours, rivalling midwives, cunning shepherds, weather magician impostors, and exorcist Franciscan friars provide a colourful picture of Hungarian and Transylvanian folk beliefs and mythologies, as well as insights into historical and contemporary issues.

Old Thiess, a Livonian Werewolf

By Carlo Ginzburg,Bruce Lincoln
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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Isbn : 022667455X
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 279
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Book Summary:

In 1691, a Livonian peasant known as Old Thiess boldly announced before a district court that he was a werewolf. Yet far from being a diabolical monster, he insisted, he was one of the “hounds of God,” fierce guardians who battled sorcerers, witches, and even Satan to protect the fields, flocks, and humanity—a baffling claim that attracted the notice of the judges then and still commands attention from historians today. In this book, eminent scholars Carlo Ginzburg and Bruce Lincoln offer a uniquely comparative look at the trial and startling testimony of Old Thiess. They present the first English translation of the trial transcript, in which the man’s own voice can be heard, before turning to subsequent analyses of the event, which range from efforts to connect Old Thiess to shamanistic practices to the argument that he was reacting against cruel stereotypes of the “Livonian werewolf” a Germanic elite used to justify their rule over the Baltic peasantry. As Ginzburg and Lincoln debate their own and others’ perspectives, they also reflect on broader issues of historical theory, method, and politics. Part source text of the trial, part discussion of historians’ thoughts on the case, and part dialogue over the merits and perils of their different methodological approaches, Old Thiess, a Livonian Werewolf opens up fresh insight into a remarkable historical occurrence and, through it, the very discipline of history itself.