Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England

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Oxford University Press, Nov 18, 2004 - History - 562 pages
In the first edition of the Bancroft Prize-winning Entertaining Satan, John Putnam Demos presented an entirely new perspective on American witchcraft. By investigating the surviving historical documents of over a hundred actual witchcraft cases, he vividly recreated the world of New England during the witchcraft trials and brought to light fascinating information on the role of witchcraft in early American culture. Now Demos has revisited his original work and updated it to illustrate why these early Americans' strange views on witchcraft still matter to us today. He provides a new Preface that puts forth a broader overview of witchcraft and looks at its place around the world--from ancient times right up to the present.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
BIOGRAPHY
17
PSYCHOLOGY
95
SOCIOLOGY
211
HISTORY
313
List of Known Witchcraft Cases in SeventeenthCentury New England
401
Notes
411
Subject Index
533
Name Index
537
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