chapter  II
The processions of the dead
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Towards the end of the year 1581 the inquisitor general of Aquileia and Concordia, Fra Felice da Montefalco, received a denunciation against a woman of Udine, the widow of Domenico Artichi, called Anna la Rossa, who claimed that she could see the dead and converse with them. The accusation was wholly confirmed during the interrogation of the witnesses. It seems that Anna had gone to visit a woman of Gemona, Lucia Peltrara, who was confined in a hospital, and told her that at the sanctuary of Santa Maria della Bella she had 'seen' a deceased daughter of Lucia's wrapped in a sheet and 'in a dishevelled state'. The dead girl had beseeched her to convey her last wishes to her mother: namely, that she should give a shirt to a certain Paola, and go on pilgrimages to some nearby sanctuaries. At first Lucia hesitated 'between yes and no'; later, torn by remorse, spurred on by the exhortations of her friends ('at least give it [the shirt] to her, which will be for the love of God') and at Anna's urging, she obeyed the wishes of her departed daughter, and thus fmally put her own mind at rest.' Another witness, Aurelia of Gemona, confirmed Anna's extraordinary powers. The latter, for example, had been able to describe, without actually having been present, the details of a squabble occurring the night before between two brothers. Anna said that she had her information from the deceased mother of the two rivals who had been at the altercation and had tried, though invisible, to restore peace. Generally, it was common knowledge that Anna la Rossa could see the dead, and she herself made no secret of it.'