A Witch in the Family: An Award-Winning Author Investigates His Ancestor's Trial and Execution

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The author grew up in the shadow of an ancestor who was hanged for witchcraft. Historical evidence shows his seven-times great grandmother, Susannah North Martin, was a spirited, independent, and highly-capable woman who did not suffer fools well at a time when women were supposed to be submissive, and were regarded as second-class citizens.

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Overview

The author grew up in the shadow of an ancestor who was hanged for witchcraft. Historical evidence shows his seven-times great grandmother, Susannah North Martin, was a spirited, independent, and highly-capable woman who did not suffer fools well at a time when women were supposed to be submissive, and were regarded as second-class citizens.

But was she really a witch? Read this book and then decide.

Having a witch in the family caused Martin to see things differently from an early age. He realized people can be wrong though they may hold positions of authority and be regarded by others as experts. His skepticism is brought to bear on the 1692 Salem witch trials and the interpretations and explanations that followed. The result will open your eyes and may challenge your world view, which is why he cautions readers to be prepared for beliefs they take for granted to fall apart as they read this work. Get ready to experience a rare glimpse of reality that is worth far more than the price of his book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892538444
  • Publisher: Oaklea Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Hawley Martin is the only two-time winner of the Writer's Digest Book Award for Fiction and is also the recipient of the Independent Press Award for Fiction. He has written and published four novels, five nonfiction books, and has edited many more. He, his wife and three school-age children live in Central Virginia and enjoy skiing, baseball, and football.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    And now for something completely different...

    When I first picked up this book, I expected it to be just a history book on the Salem Witch Trials. And it mostly was, with chapters of parapsychology interspersed throughout. Though somewhat interesting (really, who would expect history and metaphysics to come together?), it seemed like the chapters on possession and reincarnation were inserted randomly between the chapters on 1692 Salem. I also thought the current-events references were slightly excessive...Google and Bush v. Kerry might not be relevant in a few years, for example. All in all though, this was an easy and mostly enjoyable read, due to the author's conversational tone and passion for the subject matter (after all, one of the accused was his 7-times-great grandmother).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    OPEN YOUR MIND TO THE POSSIBILITIES

    I went into this book with the idea that I would learn of a family that had unusual things happening that would be assigned to the fact that they knew they had a witch in the family. One in fact who was hanged during the Salem Witch Trials. I got way more then I bargained for. Stephen Hawley Martin, who comes to the literary world after spending time in the upper echelon of advertising is a been there, done that kind of guy. By doing lengthy research and delving into scholarly works both past and present he gives us a grounding in not only the scientific take on witchcraft, obsession and possession but also the metaphysical view. With the inclusion of related experiments into how we perceive things today as opposed to in Puritanical times, we get a behind the scenes look at the real ¿Bewitched.¿ Hawley Martin¿s style is easy to read even when discussing concepts we may not be familiar with but will become intrigued by. And much to his credit he includes original trial transcripts, other important writings of the time and a wonderful bibliography to help us with our own journey. There¿s no doubt in my mind that writing this book must have been a bittersweet time for Hawley Martin especially knowing that North Martin¿s epitaph was ¿An honest, hardworking, Christian woman. Accused as a witch, tried and executed at Salem, July 19, 1692. A martyr of superstition.¿

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