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In the Company of DemonsUnnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance$
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Armando Maggi

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226501307

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226501291.001.0001

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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

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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(p.66) Chapter Two 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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In the Company of Demons
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226501291.003.0003

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

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