By Katherine Howe
Chilling real-life debts of witches, from medieval Europe via colonial America.
From a guide for witch hunters written through King James himself in 1597, to court docket records from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper assurance of a lady stoned to dying at the streets of Philadelphia whereas the Continental Congress met, The Penguin publication of Witches is a treasury of ancient money owed of accused witches that sheds gentle at the truth in the back of the legends. Bringing to existence tales like that of Eunice Cole, attempted for attacking a teenage woman with a rock and buried with a stake via her center; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so usually accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court docket on fees of slander; and bring up Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his wisdom of witches, this quantity offers a special travel in the course of the darkest background of English and North American witchcraft, by no means failing to horrify, intrigue, and delight.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September thirtieth 2014 by way of Penguin Classics
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