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Penguin Book of Witches

Katherine Howe


ISBN: 9780143106180
ANNOTATION:
From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, this title offers a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches.
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ISBN: 9780143106180
ANNOTATION:
From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, this title offers a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches.

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From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, this title offers a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches.

Publisher Description

A chilling, truly authoritative anthology of real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends. Bringing to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, this volume provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft.

Author Biography

Katherine Howe, the direct descendant of two accused Salem witches, is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. She teaches American colonial history and creative writing at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Review

Fascinating and insightful. With her usual skill, Katherine Howe navigates the winding path leading to Salem's hysteria and beyond. A must-read for anyone who wants to know not only what happened but also how and why -- Brunonia Barry (author of The Lace Reader) This comprehensive collection of carefully selected documents and published primary materials, coupled with judicious and informative introductions, will help modern readers understand the seemingly inexplicable and persistent popular phenomenon of belief in witchcraft from the seventeenth century into more modern times -- Mary Beth Norton (author of In the Devil's Snare)

Review Text

This comprehensive collection of carefully selected documents and published primary materials, coupled with judicious and informative introductions, will help modern readers understand the seemingly inexplicable and persistent popular phenomenon of belief in witchcraft from the seventeenth century into more modern times

Review Quote

"With insightful notations . . . this superbly edited and annotated work provides in-depth material for those interested in the origins of witchcraft persecution in America." - Library Journal "Fascinating and insightful. With her usual skill, Katherine Howe navigates the winding path leading to Salem's hysteria and beyond. A must-read for anyone who wants to know not only what happened but also how and why." - Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader "This comprehensive collection of carefully selected documents and published primary materials, coupled with judicious and informative introductions, will help modern readers understand the seemingly inexplicable and persistent popular phenomenon of belief in witchcraft from the seventeenth century into more modern times." - Mary Beth Norton, author of In the Devil's Snare "An informative and engaging series of texts that Katherine Howe introduces in a crisp and well-informed manner. The chronological breadth is unusual, but it allows us to grasp more fully the continuities that mark the history of witch-hunting on both sides of the Atlantic." - David D. Hall, Harvard Divinity School

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The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends.

Excerpt from Book

The Penguin Book of Witches Contents English Antecedents Witches in the Bible Trial of Ursula Kemp, St. Osyth, England, 1582 Reginald Scot, The Discouerie of Witchcraft , 1584 George Gifford, A Dialogue Concerning Witches and Witchcraftes , 1593 King James I, Daemonologie , 1597 William Perkins, A Discourse of the Damned Art of Witchcraft , 1608 The Early Colonies Joan Wright, Chesapeake Region, Virginia, 1626 Jane James, Marblehead, Massachusetts, 1646 Margaret Jones, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1648 Ralph and Mary Hall, Setauket, New York, 1665 Eunice Cole, Hampton, Massachusetts, Later New Hampshire, 1647-1680 Mary Philips, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1659 John Godfrey, Haverhill, Massachusetts, 1659-1665 Rebecca and Nathaniel Greensmith, Hartford, Connecticut, 1662 A Tryal of Witches , Bury St. Edmunds, England, 1662 Katherine Harrison, Weyersfield, Connecticut, and Westchester, New York, 1669 Possession of Elizabeth Knapp, Groton, Massachusetts, 1671-1672 Rebecca Fowler, Calvert County, Maryland, 1685 Goodwife Glover, Boston, Massachusetts, 1688 Salem Warrant for the Apprehension of Sarah Good, and Officer''s Return, Monday, February 29, 1692 Warrant for the Apprehension of Sarah Osburn and Tituba, and Officer''s Return Examinations of Sarah Good, Sarah Osburn, and Tituba, Tuesday, March 1, 1692 Two Examinations of Tituba, as Recorded by Jonathan Corwin The Suspicion of Martha Cory, Monday, March 21, 1692 The Accusation of Rebecca Nurse Warrant for the Apprehension of Rachel Clinton, with Summons for Witnesses, and Officer''s Return, Tuesday, March 29, 1692 Deposition of Thomas Knowlton Jr. Versus Rachel Clinton Bridget Bishop, Tuesday, April 19, 1692 The Notorious Giles Cory Examinations of Abigail Hobbs in Prison, Wednesday, April 20, 1692 Susannah Martin and Her Poor Reputation Statement of Elizabeth Hubbard Versus George Burroughs, Monday, May 9, 1692 Establishing the Court of Oyer and Terminer for Suffolk, Essex, and Middlesex Counties, Friday, May 27, 1692 Martha Carrier, Queen of Hell Statement of Sarah Ingersoll and Ann Andrews Regarding Sarah Churchill, June 1, 1692 After Salem The Apology of Samuel Sewall, January 14, 1697 The Apology of the Salem Jury, 1697 Robert Calef, More Wonders of the Invisible World , 1700 A Case of Poisoning in Albany, New York, 1700 John Hale, A Modest Enquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft , 1702 The Trial of Grace Sherwood, Princess Anne County, Virginia, 1705-1706 Mob Justice in the South, 1712 Littleton, Massachusetts, 1720 Boston, Massachusetts, 1728 New York, New York, 1737 New York, New York, 1741 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1787 Moll Pitcher, Lynn, Massachusetts, 1738-1813 This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof Copyright

Product Details

Pages
320
Year
2014
ISBN-10
014310618X
ISBN-13
9780143106180
Format
Paperback
Author
Katherine Howe
Media
Book
Edited by
Katherine Howe
Short Title
PNGN BK OF WITCHES
Language
English
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date
2014-10-02
Audience
General/Trade