The Penguin Book of Witches

The Penguin Book of Witches

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"Chilling real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America: from a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends. Bringing to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, this volume provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2014
ISBN: 9780143106180
014310618X
Characteristics: xix, 294 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Howe, Katherine 1977-- Editor

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Aug 21, 2015

"What familiarity have you with the Devil, or what is it that you converse withal? Tell the truth."
A useful and illuminating book of primary sources about witches, which includes trial records, warrants for arrests, essays on witchcraft, and excerpts from King James's "Daemonologie," which inspired Shakespeare to include witches in "Macbeth." Editor Katherine Howe offers notes and annotations, which give historical context. The student or scholar of American history will particularly benefit from this book, while those who have read "The Crucible" can read firsthand accounts of Martha and Giles Cory, Tituba (who was Indian rather than black), and Rebecca Nurse. If you're looking for spells, this isn't the book for you.

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