Richard S. III Ross's Before Salem: Witch Hunting in the Connecticut River Valley, PDF

By Richard S. III Ross

many years earlier than the Salem Witch trials, eleven humans have been hanged as witches within the Connecticut River Valley. the arrival of witch searching in New England was once without delay encouraged by means of the English Civil battle and the witch trials in England led through Matthew Hopkins, who pioneered “techniques” for studying witches.
This historical past examines the outbreak of witch hysteria within the Valley, targeting accusations of demonic ownership, apotropaic magic and the position of the clergy.
even if the hysteria used to be ultimately quelled by way of a innovative Justice of the Peace unwilling to aim witches, debts of the rigors later motivated modern writers through the Salem witch hunts. The resource of the rfile “Grounds for exam of a Witch” is identified.

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