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

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

Mary Beth Norton

Award-winning historian Mary Beth Norton reexamines the Salem witch trials in this startlingly unique, meticulously researched, and completely riveting examine.

In 1692 the folks of Massachusetts have been dwelling in worry, and never completely of satanic afflictions. Horrifyingly violent Indian assaults had all yet emptied the northern frontier of settlers, and plenty of traumatized refugees—including the most accusers of witches—had fled to groups like Salem. in the meantime the colony’s leaders, protecting approximately their very own failure to guard the frontier, meditated how God’s humans may be soreness by the hands of savages. Struck via the similarities among what the refugees had witnessed and what the witchcraft “victims” defined, many have been quickly to determine an unlimited conspiracy of the satan (in league with the French and the Indians) threatening New England on either side. through supplying this crucial context to the well-known occasions, and by way of casting her web way past the borders of Salem itself, Norton sheds new mild on probably the most difficult and engaging sessions in our historical past.

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