Session1512
Title'In thunder, lightning, or in rain'
Date/TimeThursday 8 July 2021: 09.00-10.30
 
OrganiserMarina Montesano, Dipartimento di Civiltà Antiche e Moderne, Università degli Studi di Messina
 
Moderator/ChairMarina Montesano, Dipartimento di Civiltà Antiche e Moderne, Università degli Studi di Messina
 
Paper 1512-a 'Did you do as some women do?': Women and Their Role in a Rain-Making Ritual in Burchard of Worms's Corrector
(Language: English)
Andrea Maraschi, Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca 'Seminario di Storia della Scienza', Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro
Index Terms: Folk Studies; Literacy and Orality; Pagan Religions; Women's Studies
Paper 1512-b 'A graceful rain poured down': Supernatural Rains and Storms in Hagiography in Central and Southern Medieval Italy, 11th-15th Centuries
(Language: English)
Marco Papasidero, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Scienze dell'Educazione, Università degli Studi di Torino
Index Terms: Folk Studies; Hagiography; Mentalities; Religious Life
Paper 1512-c 'I easily cause hailstorms': Witchcraft and Weather Magic in 15th-Century Treatises
(Language: English)
Vincenzo Tedesco, Dipartimento di Civiltà Antiche e Moderne, Università degli Studi di Messina
Index Terms: Economics - Rural; Folk Studies; Law; Sermons and Preaching
 
AbstractIn Shakespeare's Macbeth the appearance of witches and other topical moments are highlighted by storms. Beyond Macbeth, storms remain linked to literary representations of magic and horror until our times. This panel would like to investigate the supernatural causes of tempests linked to magic, witchcraft and holiness, and the way in which the sources use them to communicate the goodness or the negativity of the protagonists' actions to the readers. We will talk about the Corrector of Burchard of Worms, of saints who deny their relics through storms, and of the powers of rain-making witches according to demonologists.