Wicked Puritans of Essex County

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Back then, Morality applied by law to just about everything, was policed by just about everyone and was consequently found to be transgressed just about everywhere.

In early seventeenth-century Massachusetts, Essex Country was home to large populations of Puritans in budding towns such as Salem, Ipswich, Lynn, Andover and Haverhill. These purportedly straight-laced, God-fearing men and women had ventured to the New World to purify their church from within, and their methods were...

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Overview

Back then, Morality applied by law to just about everything, was policed by just about everyone and was consequently found to be transgressed just about everywhere.

In early seventeenth-century Massachusetts, Essex Country was home to large populations of Puritans in budding towns such as Salem, Ipswich, Lynn, Andover and Haverhill. These purportedly straight-laced, God-fearing men and women had ventured to the New World to purify their church from within, and their methods were not always peaceful. A number of sinful, impious and deadly individuals who broke the Puritan mold have long been forgotten-until now. Local historian Tom Juergens shines a new light on the Puritan era with a collection of sordid stories that reveals ugly truths behind whippings, brandings and Mutilations.

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To discover what Puritans were really like, local historian Tom Juergens searched the minutiae of town records for telling details about how they ruled themselves and their neighbors. A demystifying probe into colonial rule and misrule.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596295667
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,407,437
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Juergens became an ink-stained wretch in his formative years, taking a quick stab at creating a neighborhood newspaper. He started writing for real newspapers as a Boston University journalism intern, then spent several years as a staff reporter at various New England daily and weekly newspapers, including the now defunct Beverly Times and the Register on Cape Cod. He has also been published in the Boston Sunday Globe and Offshore. Other jobs he's held include lineman, carpenter, cabinetmaker, real estate agent, real estate appraiser and paralegal. In between those noneditorial jobs, he has always returned to wordsmithing in one form or another, freelancing as a journalist, corporate writer, technical writer and technical book editor.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Wicked Deeds and Dire Consequences 17

Sex: The Good, the Bad and the Loathsome 24

Creeps, Meanies and Ne'er-do-wells 38

Bruisers, Biters and Brats 56

Killings, Confession and the Unconscionable 64

Brutal Business in Flesh and Blood 69

The Deadly Wrath of God's Gatekeepers 81

In the Murderers' Playground 91

Afterword 105

Notes 107

About the Author 111

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