A tour-de-force of reconstruction, building out of scattered and fragmentary sources a whole world for the reader to inhabit.
(Anthony Pagden London Review of Books
A work of genuine intellectual distinction. It is an unusually original contribution to the study of witchcraft in early modern Europe, but its importance is far from being exhausted by that description.
(Peter Burke New York Review of Books
Carlo Ginzburg's The Night Battles is a remarkable tale of witchcraft, folk culture, and persuasion in early modern Europe.