How Strong a Foundation - People once believed that Human Blood mixed with the mortar made buildings stronger, and at the urgings of magicians, human sacrifices were immured in fortresses. Geronimo of Oran was buried alive in the walls of the fort at Algiers, in 1509. On December 27, 1853, they recovered his skeleton, now on view at the cathedral there. A Few Firsts - The Bible is the first significant book to suggest killing witches. Agnes Ode was the first Englishwoman to be tried for sorcery (thirteenth century), and after she passed the carrying-a-hot-poker test, she was acquitted. Agnes Waterhouse, the first woman to be hanged as a witch in England, was executed at Chelmsford, Essex, in 1566. Angela de la Barthe was the first Frenchwoman to be tried as a with. She was burned in 1274. How Many Died? - it is curious that Salem, Massachusetts, should be so famous for witchcraft persecutions Twenty-one persons died in the months the hysteria lasted. The total figures for all witchcraft executions during the entire colonial period for all thirteen American colonies was thirty-two. During the same period in Germany, estimates of the deaths from witchcraft accusations have run as high as 300,000 (far too high, say modern authorities - even 100,000 is overgenerous), many from drowning, burning, or from torture to which the accused were routinely subjected. Even in England, where torture was not permitted as punishment the most conservative modern estimates run to 1,000 dead, and in Scotland the figure may have been three of four times that many. But what community is famous for witchhunts? Why, Salem, Massachusetts, of course. --- from book's back cover
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Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: Acceptable. Ex-library Stained Wear & Tear Satisfaction 100% guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001789697
Book Description Softcover. Dembner Books. 1986. New York. Softcover (trade paper). Octavo. Good. Book surveys the broad spectrum of magic and witchcraft, with history, lore, customs, potions, charms, cures, amulets, talismans, sorcerers, rites, sabbats, and more. Indexed. 261 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 006406