The Devil in Massachusetts: a modern inquiry into the Salem witch trials
This historical narrative of the Salem witch trials takes its dialogue from actual trial records but applies modern psychiatric knowledge to the witchcraft hysteria. Starkey's sense of drama also vividly recreates the atmosphere of pity and terror that fostered the evil and suffering of this human tragedy.
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Thereby hung a tale, for had Bradstreet been in full possession of his faculties at
the onset of the witchcraft, matters might have gone somewhat differently. He was
a man likely to have scant patience with the sort of evidence called "spectral" ...
was discredited as "no infallible evidence" and "frequently liable to be abused by
the devil's legerdemain. ... In spite of the caution against too much reliance on
spectral evidence, it went on to laud without reserve "the sedulous and assiduous
One of these occasions had been his drafting of the advice of the ministers to the
judges, cautioning them against too great reliance on spectral evidence, though
praising their zeal. Even before then Mather had unofficially written in the same ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LilyRoseShadowlyn - LibraryThing
A new and refreshing look into the Salem Witch trials. Starkey creates a whirlpool that quickly sucks the reader into the hysteria and fear of the New World at a time when witchcraft was a legitimate ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryCin - LibraryThing
3.25 stars This book was originally published in 1949, and looks at the trials of the Salem witches in 1692. The book was pretty good. Unfortunately, it just didn't make me want to pick up the book ... Read full review
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