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

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

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by Mary Beth Norton
     
 

ISBN-10: 037540709X

ISBN-13: 9780375407093

Pub. Date: 09/10/2002

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

"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

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"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.

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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)

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In the Devil's Snare 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting revisitation / reexamination of the Salem / Andover witch trials, tying the witch 'sightings' in with the 'Indian Wars' of Maine from that time period. I enjoyed the details furnished by Prof. Norton's meticulous research. Norton helps us remember the names and faces of those persons unjustly hung and crushed in the name of religion. She also follows through on the later lives of those saved from the gallows and of the false accusers. A very good history of a dark period in American history.
FARIEQUEENE More than 1 year ago
Out of thousands of titles that show no true research and are packed with assumptions, its great to have one that is factual and well researched.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Norton emerses the reader into a 308-page ridiculously detailed chronological report of the now infamous Salem witch trials. while unique, and certainly well researched, I believe that in the end, the intended revolutionary message was lost in a sea of facts and unrelated facets. However, for one who wishes to study what transgressed in Salem in 1692, this is your Bible. In the end, In the Devil's Snare is a wonderful piece of research, yet lacks gravity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Historical accounting from beginning to end of the Salem tragedy. Explains the why, who, when and how of the whole situation - I felt a host of emotions while reading this book. Makes you feel glad you were not living in Salem at the time! This is an extremely interesting and important part of American history and shows just what can happen when our imaginations and fears get the best of us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting introspective into the Salem Witch Trials. Personally, I have various books of this subject matter as well as the murderous rampage in europe in the 14th-16th century. Know your history or you will be doomed to repeat it.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting. it has a lot of facts, and shows what the Salem Witch Trials were all about. I dont want to say anymore because i dont want to spoil it for the reader, but take a strangers word for it. it is very good!
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