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To Recall the Spirits' Past: Memory and Demonology in Strozzi Cigogna's <i>Palace of Marvels and of the Great Enchantments of the Spirits and of the Entire Nature</i>

in In the Company of Demons

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780226501307
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226501291 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226501291.003.0003
To Recall the Spirits' Past: Memory and Demonology in Strozzi Cigogna's Palace of Marvels and of the Great Enchantments of the Spirits and of the Entire Nature

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This chapter analyzes the history of the spiritual beings, particularly the evil beings who personify Satan's malevolence in the created world. It presents the most systematic taxonomy of the demonic presences inhabiting the creation, Strozzi Cigogna's Il palagio degli incanti e delle gran meraviglie degli spiriti e di tutta la natura (The palace of marvels and of the great enchantments of the spirits and of the entire nature, 1605). The book discusses one “perspective” divided into four parts: the first part is on God and his creation; the second part discusses the existence of the spirits; the third part analyzes the legions of the fallen spirits; and the final part moves from the heavenly creatures down to the human race. The fourth part discusses night gatherings called Sabbaths, where witches mate with devils; and presents guidelines on how to distinguish between a demonic and an angelic visitation.

Keywords: spiritual beings; Satan; Strozzi Cigogna; Sabbaths; fallen spirits

Chapter.  17252 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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