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A Delusion Of Satan: The Full Story Of The Salem Witch Trials

Hill, Frances

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ISBN 10: 0306811596 / ISBN 13: 9780306811593
Published by Da Capo Press, New York, 2002
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Stiff illus.wraps. Light shelf/handling wear, nearly as issued. Square, uncreased binding, clean and unmarked interior. xviii,270 pp., map. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 034574

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Title: A Delusion Of Satan: The Full Story Of The ...

Publisher: Da Capo Press, New York

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: First Thus.

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This acclaimed history illuminates the horrifying episode of Salem with visceral clarity, from those who fanned the crisis to satisfy personal vendettas to the four-year-old "witch" chained to a dank prison wall in darkness till she went mad. Antonia Fraser called it "a grisly read and an engrossing one."

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This compelling study of the horrific Salem Witch Trials--the first of its kind in over forty-five years--draws strength from new psychological insights into the roots of the hysteria that spurred the witch hunts of the late 1600s, and links them to the contemporary "witch hunts" of the twentieth century.

For more than three hundred years, the hysteria that gripped Massachusetts during the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s has fascinated readers worldwide. Now acclaimed British writer Frances Hill has applied contemporary psychology to the Salem phenomenon and come up with startling results. Why were nearly all of the "afflicted" people women? What kind of mentality did the Puritans possess to place a four-year-old child in prison? What were the politics behind the witch hunts and trials, and what similarities exist in the witch hunts of the twentieth century (for example, the "witch hunts" of the McCarthy era)? In A Delusion Of Satan, Frances Hill answers these questions and many more in a conversational and frighteningly realistic narrative as she maps out details of the witch trials and subsequent hangings-information never revealed before. Discipline, morality, and intellectual rigor-these are all attributes that Puritanism bequeathed to the New World. Unfortunately, along with them came a tendency to regard an enemy as beneath empathy and deserving destruction. A Delusion Of Satan reminds the reader that these impulses, lurking in all people, can only be countered by constant reminders of common humanity.

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