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In the Devil's Snare: the Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

by Norton, Mary Beth A

  • ISBN: 9780375407093
  • ISBN10: 037540709X

In the Devil's Snare: the Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

by Norton, Mary Beth A

  • List Price: $30.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publish date: 09/01/2002
  • ISBN: 9780375407093
  • ISBN10: 037540709X
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Description: "Mary Beth Norton is a brilliant historian with a great gift for clear-eyed, imaginative scholarship, and her new book, In the Devil's Snare, is a fresh and very different unfolding of witchcraft at Salem. The setting is far larger than customary. The cast of characters is more numerous. The gossip network operates at higher speed. But it is the presence of the Indian wars on the Maine frontier that puts everything in a different light. I found the book utterly fascinating. Certainly it is ample proof of the old idea that in recovering the truth of the past, things have to be seen in context." --David McCullough, Author of John Adams "Mary Beth Norton's In the Devil's Snare accomplishes the almost unbelievable--casting new light on the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692, early America's most terrifying event. Never has the Indian presence in Salem's deadly descent to executions loomed so large or seemed so logical, at least from the perspective of frightened Puritans. Salem's bizarre, otherwise inexplicable events unfold in compelling detail through the hands of one of our most elegant, powerful historians. " --Jon Butler, Author of Becoming America "This is great history! Mary Beth Norton's broad-ranging research in archives from New York to Maine links the events in Salem to the Indian wars in ways that shed sympathetic new light on accused and accusers alike. In the Devil's Snare is a remarkable study in human nature." --Gloria Main, Author of Peoples of a Spacious Land "The best approach to the Salem witchcraft episode in thirty-five years, this fresh work gives remarkable insight into every aspect of the tragic event. Eye witness reports of devastating Indian attacks on Massachusetts' northern frontier are woven together with shocking, day-by-day revelations in Salem's witchcraft trials. Here, we discover a terror struck community, groping its way through a maelstrom of attacks from the visible and invisible worlds. Stories of unspeakable acts -- real and imagined -- all stemming from the Devil's work against God's people. Here, we encounter the words of personal grudges, family disputes, political maneuvering, and youthful vengeance that contributed to a widening social, political, and religious storm that threatened to engulf the whole of the Bay Colony. A masterful piece of historical writing, it lays bare the Puritans' greatest fears about themselves facing God's unyielding judgment -- and slowly becoming aware they were suffering under a great self-inflicted delusion." -- Benjamin C. Ray, Director of the Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive (http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft) "With the insight, originality, and meticulous attention to details that are Norton's hallmark, she has set what others have insisted upon seeing as a local crisis within a larger context of imperial wars and cultural confrontations. In the Devil's Snare provides the most insightful and satisfying explanation of the behavior and motives of all the participants-- judges, magistrates, accusors and the accused. This may well be the final word on an episode that has bewitched and bewildered generations of historians." --Carol Berkin, Author of First Generations: Women in Colonial America "Norton, with dazzling insight and astonishing meticulousness and detective work takes us well past the surface explorations of Salem Village quarrels into the deeply complex story of what happened and why. Numerous people in the past have evoked the Indian wars as somehow being implicated in the events of 1692, but before this book nobody has done the research that has uncovered the way the witchcraft trials and the Indian wars were inextricably bound. This is a brilliant book, wonderfully conceived and executed, and it gives reality to the expression, 'a landmark achievement'."
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