Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England / Edition 2

Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England / Edition 2

by John Putnam Demos
     
 

In the first edition of the Bancroft Prize-winning Entertaining Satan, John Putnam Demos presented an entirely new perspective on American witchcraft. By investigating the surviving historical documents of over a hundred actual witchcraft cases, he vividly recreated the world of New England during the witchcraft trials and brought to light fascinating information

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In the first edition of the Bancroft Prize-winning Entertaining Satan, John Putnam Demos presented an entirely new perspective on American witchcraft. By investigating the surviving historical documents of over a hundred actual witchcraft cases, he vividly recreated the world of New England during the witchcraft trials and brought to light fascinating information on the role of witchcraft in early American culture. Now Demos has revisited his original work and updated it to illustrate why these early Americans' strange views on witchcraft still matter to us today. He provides a new preface that puts forth a broader overview of witchcraft and looks at its place around the world—from ancient times right up to the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195174830
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/18/2004
Edition description:
Updated Edition
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1"A desolate condition"19
2"Peace with no man"36
3Witches : a collective portrait57
4"A diabolical distemper"97
5"Let me do what I could"132
6Accusers, victims, bystanders : the innerlife dimension153
7"The mind of our town"213
8"Hard thoughts and jealousies"246
9Communities : the social matrix of witchcraft275
10"From generation to generation"315
11"Hearts against hearts"340
12Communities : witchcraft over time368
AppList of known witchcraft cases in seventeenth-century New England401

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