In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

3.8 15
by Mary Beth Norton
     
 

"In January 1692 in Salem Village, Massachusetts, two young girls began to suffer from inexplicable fits. Seventeen months later, after legal action had been taken against 144 people - 20 of them put to death - the ignominious Salem witchcraft trials finally came to an end." Now, Mary Beth Norton - one of our most admired historians - gives us a unique account of the… See more details below

Overview

"In January 1692 in Salem Village, Massachusetts, two young girls began to suffer from inexplicable fits. Seventeen months later, after legal action had been taken against 144 people - 20 of them put to death - the ignominious Salem witchcraft trials finally came to an end." Now, Mary Beth Norton - one of our most admired historians - gives us a unique account of the events at Salem, helping us to understand them as they were understood by those who lived through the frenzy. Describing the situation from a seventeenth-century perspective, Norton examines the crucial turning points, the accusers, the confessors, the judges, and the accused, among whom were thirty-eight men. She shows how the situation spiraled out of control following a cascade of accusations beginning in mid-April. She explores the role of gossip and delves into the question of why women and girls under the age of twenty-five, who were the most active accusers and who would normally be ignored by male magistrates, were suddenly given absolute credence.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375407093
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/10/2002
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.39(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >