A Storm Of Witchcraft

Author: Emerson W. Baker
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199385149
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A Storm Of Witchcraft from the Author: Emerson W. Baker. Beginning in January 1692, Salem Village in colonial Massachusetts witnessed the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft in early America. Villagers--mainly young women--suffered from unseen torments that caused them to writhe, shriek, and contort their bodies, complaining of pins stuck into their flesh and of being haunted by specters. Believing that they suffered from assaults by an invisible spirit, the community began a hunt to track down those responsible for the demonic work. The resulting Salem Witch Trials, culminating in the execution of 19 villagers, persists as one of the most mysterious and fascinating events in American history. Historians have speculated on a web of possible causes for the witchcraft that stated in Salem and spread across the region-religious crisis, ergot poisoning, an encephalitis outbreak, frontier war hysteria--but most agree that there was no single factor. Rather, as Emerson Baker illustrates in this seminal new work, Salem was "a perfect storm": a unique convergence of conditions and events that produced something extraordinary throughout New England in 1692 and the following years, and which has haunted us ever since. Baker shows how a range of factors in the Bay colony in the 1690s, including a new charter and government, a lethal frontier war, and religious and political conflicts, set the stage for the dramatic events in Salem. Engaging a range of perspectives, he looks at the key players in the outbreak--the accused witches and the people they allegedly bewitched, as well as the judges and government officials who prosecuted them--and wrestles with questions about why the Salem tragedy unfolded as it did, and why it has become an enduring legacy. Salem in 1692 was a critical moment for the fading Puritan government of Massachusetts Bay, whose attempts to suppress the story of the trials and erase them from memory only fueled the popular imagination. Baker argues that the trials marked a turning point in colonial history from Puritan communalism to Yankee independence, from faith in collective conscience to skepticism toward moral governance. A brilliantly told tale, A Storm of Witchcraft also puts Salem's storm into its broader context as a part of the ongoing narrative of American history and the history of the Atlantic World.

Betwixt And Between

Author: Storm Faerywolf
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 073875076X
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Betwixt And Between from the Author: Storm Faerywolf. With its own unique origins that pre-date Gardner's Wicca, the Faery tradition of witchcraft is a path of great beauty and power. This book provides the tools you need to begin your own Faery-style magical practice. Discover the foundational prayers, rites, and spirit contacts of the Faery tradition, with an emphasis on personal experimentation and creative exploration. With rituals, recipes, poetry, exercises, and lore, Betwixt & Between will inspire your own magical work and provide you with a workable BlueRose Faery-style practice. Faery promises power to those who dare to wield it, but in so doing it changes us forever. This is the real danger, and promise, of Faery: we become more of who we actually are.

Public Choice Economics And The Salem Witchcraft Hysteria

Author: Franklin G. Mixon, Jr.
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137506350
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Public Choice Economics And The Salem Witchcraft Hysteria from the Author: Franklin G. Mixon, Jr.. Public Choice Economics and the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria provides an economics perspective on the witchcraft episode, and adds to the growing body of work analyzing prominent historical events using the tools of economics.

The Oxford Handbook Of Witchcraft In Early Modern Europe And Colonial America

Author: Brian P. Levack
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191648841
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The Oxford Handbook Of Witchcraft In Early Modern Europe And Colonial America from the Author: Brian P. Levack. The essays in this Handbook, written by leading scholars working in the rapidly developing field of witchcraft studies, explore the historical literature regarding witch beliefs and witch trials in Europe and colonial America between the early fifteenth and early eighteenth centuries. During these years witches were thought to be evil people who used magical power to inflict physical harm or misfortune on their neighbours. Witches were also believed to have made pacts with the devil and sometimes to have worshipped him at nocturnal assemblies known as sabbaths. These beliefs provided the basis for defining witchcraft as a secular and ecclesiastical crime and prosecuting tens of thousands of women and men for this offence. The trials resulted in as many as fifty thousand executions. These essays study the rise and fall of witchcraft prosecutions in the various kingdoms and territories of Europe and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies in the Americas. They also relate these prosecutions to the Catholic and Protestant reformations, the introduction of new forms of criminal procedure, medical and scientific thought, the process of state-building, profound social and economic change, early modern patterns of gender relations, and the wave of demonic possessions that occurred in Europe at the same time. The essays survey the current state of knowledge in the field, explore the academic controversies that have arisen regarding witch beliefs and witch trials, propose new ways of studying the subject, and identify areas for future research.

Witch S Storm

Author: Thomas Cox
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 9781468573046
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Witch S Storm from the Author: Thomas Cox. Albert Canady, his sister Pepper, and his friend, Airlia Moss, a witch, investigate a strange calling from a reopened school building that had sat empty for many years. Ghostly appearances and fantastic indoor storms set the stage for the youngsters’ quest for the truth of a long-ago tragedy that cost lives and gave rise to restless spirits. Trapped inside the building, with darkness encasing them, Albert, Pepper, and The Witch are forced to face their fears and fight back against unseen, poisonous, and flesh-eating creatures that are always in pursuit. Other adversaries include another witch with a personal agenda and people threatened with losing their minds to their inner guilt and horrible memories. Albert realizes that solving the mystery is the only way to save innocent lives and bring peace to the disturbed.

Between Two Worlds

Author: Malcolm Gaskill
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191653837
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Between Two Worlds from the Author: Malcolm Gaskill. Between Two Worlds is a story teeming with people on the move, making decisions, indulging or resisting their desires and dreams. In the seventeenth century a quarter of a million men, women, and children left England's shores for America. Some were explorers and merchants, others soldiers and missionaries; many were fugitives from poverty and persecution. All, in their own way, were adventurers, risking their lives and fortunes to make something of themselves overseas. They irrevocably changed the land and indigenous peoples they encountered - and their new world changed them. But that was only half the story. The plantations established from Maine to the Caribbean needed support at home, especially royal endorsement and money, which made adventurers of English monarchs and investors too. Attitudes to America were crucial, and evolved as the colonies grew in size, prosperity, and self-confidence. Meanwhile, for those who had crossed the ocean, America forced people to rethink the country in which they had been raised, and to which they remained attached after emigration. In tandem with new ideas about the New World, migrants pondered their English mother country's traditions and achievements, its problems and its uncertain future in an age of war and revolution. Using hundreds of letters, journals, reports, pamphlets and contemporary books, Between Two Worlds recreates this fascinating transatlantic history - one which has often been neglected or misunderstood on both sides of the Atlantic in the centuries since.

Demons Of Urban Reform

Author: Laura Stokes
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230309046
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Demons Of Urban Reform from the Author: Laura Stokes. A comparative analysis of early witch trials in Lucerne, Nuremberg and Basel, within the context of criminal justice and social control. The case of Lucerne presents a fascinating interplay between witch trials and a transformation in the city's criminal procedure on one hand, and between witchcraft fears and social control on the other.

The Witch Hunts

Author: Robert Thurston
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317865006
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The Witch Hunts from the Author: Robert Thurston. Tens of thousands of people were persecuted and put to death as witches between 1400 and 1700 – the great age of witch hunts. Why did the witch hunts arise, flourish and decline during this period? What purpose did the persecutions serve? Who was accused, and what was the role of magic in the hunts? This important reassessment of witch panics and persecutions in Europeand colonial America both challenges and enhances existing interpretations of the phenomenon. Locating its origins 400 years earlier in the growing perception of threats to Western Christendom, Robert Thurston outlines the development of a ‘persecuting society’ in which campaigns against scapegoats such as heretics, Jews, lepers and homosexuals set the scene for the later witch hunts. He examines the creation of the witch stereotype and looks at how the early trials and hunts evolved, with the shift from accusatory to inquisitorial court procedures and reliance upon confessions leading to the increasing use of torture.

Die Seelen Der Nacht

Author: Deborah Harkness
Publisher: Blanvalet Verlag
ISBN: 3641093384
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Die Seelen Der Nacht from the Author: Deborah Harkness. Eine Liebe, stärker als das Leben selbst ... Diana Bishop ist Historikerin mit Leib und Seele. Dass in ihr zudem das Blut eines uralten Hexengeschlechts fließt, versucht sie im Alltag mit aller Kraft zu ignorieren. Doch als Diana in der altehrwürdigen Bodleian-Bibliothek in Oxford ein magisches Manuskript in die Hände fällt, kann sie ihre Herkunft nicht länger verleugnen: Hexen, Dämonen und Vampire heften sich an ihre Fersen, um ihr das geheime Wissen zu entlocken – wenn nötig mit Gewalt. Hilfe erfährt Diana ausgerechnet von Matthew Clairmont, Naturwissenschaftler, 1500 Jahre alter Vampir – und der Mann, der Diana bald schon mehr bedeuten wird als ihr eigenes Leben ... Ein mitreißender, wundervoll erzählter Roman über Magie, Abenteuer und Romantik.