Historians have speculated on a web of possible causes for the witchcraft that stated in Salem and spread across the region-religious crisis, an encephalitis outbreak, ergot poisoning, frontier war hysteria--but most agree that there was no single factor. Beginning in january 1692, salem Village in colonial Massachusetts witnessed the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft in early America.
Villagers--mainly young women--suffered from unseen torments that caused them to writhe, and contort their bodies, shriek, complaining of pins stuck into their flesh and of being haunted by specters. Believing that they suffered from assaults by an invisible spirit, the community began a hunt to track down those responsible for the demonic work.
A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience Pivotal Moments in American History #ad - Engaging a range of perspectives, he looks at the key players in the outbreak--the accused witches and the people they allegedly bewitched, as well as the judges and government officials who prosecuted them--and wrestles with questions about why the Salem tragedy unfolded as it did, and why it has become an enduring legacy.
Salem in 1692 was a critical moment for the fading Puritan government of Massachusetts Bay, whose attempts to suppress the story of the trials and erase them from memory only fueled the popular imagination. Rather, salem was "a perfect storm": a unique convergence of conditions and events that produced something extraordinary throughout New England in 1692 and the following years, as Emerson Baker illustrates in this seminal new work, and which has haunted us ever since.
Baker shows how a range of factors in the bay colony in the 1690s, including a new charter and government, and religious and political conflicts, a lethal frontier war, set the stage for the dramatic events in Salem.
The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under SiegeTaylor Trade Publishing #ad - Based on over twenty years of original archival research, this history unfolds a nearly day-by-day narrative of the Salem Witch Trials as the citizens of Salem experienced the outbreak of hysteria.
Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch TrialsDa Capo Press #ad - The story of the salem witch trials told through the lives of six womenSix Women of Salem is the first work to use the lives of a select number of representative women as a microcosm to illuminate the larger crisis of the Salem witch trials. Cotton mather called "a desolation of names. The individuals involved are too often reduced to stock characters and stereotypes when accuracy is sacrificed to indignation.
. By examining the lives of six specific women, Marilynne Roach shows readers what it was like to be present throughout this horrific time and how it was impossible to live through it unchanged. All this adds up to what the Rev. And although the flood of names and detail in the history of an extraordinary event like the Salem witch trials can swamp the individual lives involved, individuals still deserve to be remembered and, in remembering specific lives, modern readers can benefit from such historical intimacy.
Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials #ad - By the end of the trials, 207 individuals had been accused, and this doesn't include the religious, judicial, " 32 had officially accused their fellow neighbors, 74 had been "afflicted, and 255 ordinary people had been inexorably drawn into that ruinous and murderous vortex, beyond the twenty who were executed and the five who perished in prison, and governmental leaders.
Death in Salem: The Private Lives behind the 1692 Witch HuntGlobe Pequot #ad - An estimated 25 million americans—including author Diane Foulds—are descended from the twenty individuals executed. What happened to our ancestors? death in Salem is the first book to take a clear-eyed look at this complex time, by examining the lives of the witch trial participants from a personal perspective.
. During the 1692 witch trials, more than 150 people were arrested.
Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 228OUP Oxford #ad - But why do witches still feature so heavily in our cultures and consciousness? From Halloween to superstitions, and literary references such as Faust and even Harry Potter, witches stillfeature heavily in our society. In this very short introduction Malcolm Gaskill challenges all of this, and argues that what we think we know is, in fact, wrong.
Taking a historical perspective from the ancient world to contemporary paganism, Gaskill reveals how witchcraft has meant different things to different people and that in every age it has raised questions about the distinction between fantasy and reality, faith and proof. Telling stories, fiction, and explores the reinvention of witchcraft - as history, Gaskill examines the witch-hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, religion, and challenging myths, delving into court records, and metaphor.
Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 228 #ad - About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. Our expert authors combine facts, perspective, new ideas, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Historically, too, we recognize witch-hunting as a feature of pre-modern societies.
These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Witchcraft is a subject that fascinates us all, and everyone knows what a witch is - or do they? From childhood most of us develop a sense of the mysterious, malign person, usually an old woman.
In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692Vintage #ad - Award-winning historian mary Beth Norton reexamines the Salem witch trials in this startlingly original, meticulously researched, and utterly riveting study. Struck by the similarities between what the refugees had witnessed and what the witchcraft “victims” described, many were quick to see a vast conspiracy of the Devil in league with the French and the Indians threatening New England on all sides.
In 1692 the people of Massachusetts were living in fear, and not solely of satanic afflictions. By providing this essential context to the famous events, and by casting her net well beyond the borders of Salem itself, Norton sheds new light on one of the most perplexing and fascinating periods in our history.
In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 #ad - Meanwhile the colony’s leaders, defensive about their own failure to protect the frontier, pondered how God’s people could be suffering at the hands of savages. Horrifyingly violent indian attacks had all but emptied the northern frontier of settlers, and many traumatized refugees—including the main accusers of witches—had fled to communities like Salem.
Annals Penguin ClassicsPenguin #ad - With clarity and vivid intensity tacitus describes the reign of terror under the corrupt Tiberius, the great fire of Rome during the time of Nero and the wars, scandals, poisonings, conspiracies and murders that were part of imperial life. A compelling new translation of Tacitus' Annals, one of the greatest accounts of ancient Rome, by Cynthia Damon.
Tacitus' annals recounts the major historical events from the years shortly before the death of Augustus to the death of Nero in AD 68. Despite his claim that the annals were written objectively, Tacitus' account is sharply critical of the emperors' excesses and fearful for the future of imperial Rome, while also filled with a longing for its past glories.
Annals Penguin Classics #ad - This new penguin classics edition also includes chronologies, appendices, notes, a genealogy and an introduction discussing Tacitus's life and his approach to history.
The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People's History of Ancient RomeThe New Press #ad - A highly accessible and entertaining addition to history. Book Marks. The assassination of Julius Caesar offers a whole new perspective on an era thought to be well-known. A provocative history” of intrigue and class struggle in Ancient Rome—“an important alternative to the usual views of Caesar and the Roman Empire” Publishers Weekly.
In these pages, we find reflections on the democratic struggle waged by Roman commoners, the patriarchal oppression of women, religious augury as an instrument of social control, and the political use of homophobic attacks. Most historians, both ancient and modern, have viewed the Late Republic of Rome through the eyes of its rich nobility—the 1 percent of the population who controlled 99 percent of the empire’s wealth.
The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People's History of Ancient Rome #ad - In the assassination of julius caesar, michael Parenti recounts this period, spanning the years 100 to 33 BC, from the perspective of the Roman people. As parenti carefully weighs the evidence concerning the murder of Caesar, he adds essential context to the crime with fascinating details about Roman society as a whole.
In doing so, he presents a provocative, trenchantly researched narrative of popular resistance against a powerful elite.
The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Inquiry into the Salem Witch TrialsPapamoa Press #ad - One by one were brought to the gallows such diverse personalities as a decent grandmother; a rakish, pipe-smoking female tramp; a plain farmer who thought only to save his wife from molestation; a lame old man whose toothless gums did not deny expression to a very salty vocabulary. But from the very beginning some fought the hysteria, pitting sanity against insanity, and eventually forced the community to atone for its tragic error.
This dramatic and deeply moving book combines a narrative that has the pace and excitement of a novel, a timeless portrait of bigotry and a self-righteousness, and an authentic history of the Salem witch trials. In the end, one is pretty sure what was wrong with Cotton Mather, the august judges, and the tormented young girls.
The devil in massachusetts is a vivid and compassionate reconstruction of the Salem witchcraft hysteria. Medical science that day had no better explanation than “the evil eye”; and so Massachusetts was precipitated into a reign of terror that did not end until the highest in the land had been accused of witchcraft—ministers, a judge, the Governor’s lady.
The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Inquiry into the Salem Witch Trials #ad - It stands alone in applying modern psychiatric knowledge to the witchcraft hysteria. Nearly three hundred years ago the fate of Massachusetts was delivered into the hands of a pack of young girls. Written with sly humor, much of the book reads like a novel. Marion starkey has written history which illustrates the past and at the same time packs and important contemporary moral.
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
The Bewitching of Anne Gunter: A Horrible and True Story of Deception, Witchcraft, Murder, and the King of EnglandRoutledge #ad - Her garters and bodices were perpetually unlacing themselves. In 1604, 20-year-old anne gunter was bewitched: she foamed at the mouth, contorted wildly in her bedchamber, went into trances. James sharpe is professor of history at york University and the author of "Instruments of Darkness: Witchcraft in" "Early Modern History" and other works of social history.
Her signature symptom was to vomit pins and "she voided some pins downwards as well by her water or otherwise. Popular history at its best, "The Bewitching of Anne Gunter" opens a fascinating window onto the past. Above all it's an original and revealing story of one young woman's experience with the greatly misunderstood phenomenon of witchcraft.
The Bewitching of Anne Gunter: A Horrible and True Story of Deception, Witchcraft, Murder, and the King of England #ad - . It's a tale of controlling fathers, willful daughters, power relations between peasants and gentry, nosy neighbors, and village life in early-modern Europe.
A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch TrialsTantor eBooks #ad - From the girls' initial denouncing of an Indian slave, the accusations soon multiplied. During the bleak winter of 1692 in the rigid puritan community of Salem Village, a group of young girls began experiencing violent fits, Massachusetts, allegedly tormented by Satan and the witches who worshipped him.
. In less than two years, one was pressed to death, nineteen men and women were hanged, and over a hundred others were imprisoned and impoverished. This evenhanded and now-classic history illuminates the horrifying episode with visceral clarity, from the opportunistic Putnam clan, to four-year-old "witch" Dorcas Good, who fanned the crisis to satisfy personal vendettas and greed, who was chained to a dank prison wall in darkness till she went mad.
A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials #ad - By placing the distant period of the salem witch trials in the larger context of more contemporary eruptions of mass hysteria and intolerance, the author has created a work as thought-provoking as it is emotionally powerful.