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Many religious authorities believed there was a vast underground conspiracy of witches who were responsible for the horrific famines, plague, warfare, and problems in the Catholic Church that became endemic in the fourteenth century. Ginzburg famously discovered records of a group of individuals in northern Italy, calling themselves benandanti , who believed that they went out of their bodies in spirit and fought amongst the clouds against evil spirits to secure prosperity for their villages, or congregated at large feasts presided over by a goddess, where she taught them magic and performed divinations. The Canon Episcopi alleged that " Diana 's rides," by the name of the Roman goddess of the hunt were false, and that these spirit travels did not occur in reality. Oxford University Press , reprinted U. European records indicate cases of people being accused or tried for taking part in Sabbat gatherings, from the Middle Ages to the 17th century or later.