Frances Hill, an accomplished journalist and novelist, has written The Salem Witch Trials Reader and Deliverance from Evil. She lives in London but visits the United States regularly, spending every summer in Connecticut.
A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trialsby Frances Hill
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During the bleak winter of 1692 in the rigid Puritan community of Salem Village, Massachusetts, a group of young girls began experiencing violent fits, allegedly tormented by Satan and the witches who worshipped him. From the girls' initial denouncing of an Indian slave, the accusations soon multiplied. In less than two years, nineteen men and women were hanged, one was pressed to death, 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, who fanned the crisis to satisfy personal vendettas and greed, to four-year-old "witch" Dorcas Good, who was chained to a dank prison wall in darkness till she went mad. 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.
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I am a high school student sophomore, who had been assigned to do a research on the Salem Witch Trials. I personally enjoyed the book for various reasons. One of the many reason was the imagery Frances Hill was able to provide through the description of torture found in the trials. In addition I was a very big fan of all the wickedness that took place during this time period. I also enjoyed reading the different cases of people that were claimed by society of being a witch. Each case brought their own story line that connected with witchcraft and a new opening to see exactly what made them stand out from the rest of society. The religion Puritan played a big part in this book. It is their point of views that cause there to be conflict to start with. As much as I loved this book there were downfalls as well. One of the down falls was that the book did go into depth with the history of the house structure and the history of the town. I found this to be useless information. Another down fall to this book was knowing that people had to suffer when they were accused. My heart went out to the daughter of Sarah Good. Dorcas Good was one of the many people who eventually lost their sanity and became broken inside out. Dorcas was only four years old. I really recommended this book if you’re interested in the topic or want to read something just for fun. Reading this book you will learn about the Salem Witch Trials as much as the Puritans.
I am a high school student sophomore and i was assigned to research the Salem Witch Trials. I enjoyed the book a lot. A reason why i liked this book was Frances Hill was very descriptive on the torture and scariness of the trials and death. For me i like scary and creep things like this, so this book was just for me and this topic was just for me. I also really liked this book because it was interesting to read all the different problematic things that happen tot these people and all the different trials that took place. All these different cases really tied the story together and that's why this is such a great book. Not only did the book explain the death and trials but the book explained the Puritans religion was a good key in the book. They had a really strict religion and it was good to know that and it was helpful information. That also tied into the book really well. It was sad to read about the innocent people who were put to death for nothing. I recommend this book to you if want to read a good thriller book or you just want to know more about the Salem Witch Trials.
I am a highschool sophomore and i chose to read this book for my research project. It was published in the last few months of 2014, and i honestly did not expect much from it. It was a great read, and Frances Hill really goes into depth with the trials. In my opinion, it is one of the only books of the Salem Witch Trials that is worth your time. Hill’s book is insightful and the story is thrilling to read. When I first started off with this project, I didn’t know much about the subject but after reading A Delusion of Satan I was glad that I did. Frances Hill, as it says on the cover (A Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials), she really does give the full story of the witch trials. I recommend you read this book for the love of supernatural and to get the full story of the witch trials. I'm glad i chose this book, and not another... it's a great read and I'm excited to be presenting about the witch trials. I highly recommend this book in so many way. READ IT!!
i thought that the book was really good because it had alot of history and a lot of just helpful sourses in it.
Hill's book does a good job of re-telling the story of the historic colonial Salem, Massachusetts witch hunt & trials. At times, the book is boring and a difficult read. Overall, the author did a good job of researching the trials and presenting factual information about a very interesting and bizzare event in Colonial American History.
I am a high school student, a sophomore, who had to do research project on the Salem Witch Trials. In my opinion, this book is both informational and not boring to read, unlike other historical books I have read. I found the descriptions of the characters' behavior very interesting to read as well. Examples would be: a tongue reaching unusual lengths and a mouth opening wide enough to misplace the joint. I love how Frances Hill provides imagery, and sensory language for her readers. Although, some readers may be frightened by these descriptions, I personally think they give a stronger sense to how the characters behaved. This is important to proving to the reader because it affected the way the Puritans viewed them in the past. The descriptions described give the Puritans a reason to believe the afflicted were bewitched and provides an understanding to the readers. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the horror genre because in many horror films there is similar behavior between the possessed characters of the film and the afflicted girls of the Salem Witch Trials. Frances Hill writes an extraordinary story of the hysteria of the mid-seventeenth hundreds where she greatly describes the important events by using views of others and of her own on the topic of the Salem Witch Trials.
I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project on the Salem Witch Trials. I have always been interested in thriller books and when I chose this topic, I was immediately excited to be able to read this book. Going into this project, I did not know much about this topic but the simple facts that I was told. Once, I started reading this book, it was kind of slow by describing the main people involved and the daily life of the Abagail Williams, Betty Parris, and other girls involved. Also, it describes the culture of the Puritans in that time which is very odd since they had a very strict rule set. Later on in the book, I was interested in the way Frances Hill describes how the details of this historical event unfolded. Hill tells it like it is a story and you are among the people instead of facts upon facts which can not be so interesting. A couple of chapters in the book, like chapter 3 and chapter 10, described how intense and how horrifying it was to be involved or to see family and close ones, being killed because they are possessed by the devil. I really suggest this book to anyone who wants to know more about the Salem Witch Trials because of the detailed facts that Hill gives in this book and it is a book that will make you want to read more.