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Author Hill, Frances, 1943-

Title A delusion of Satan : the full story of the Salem witch trials / Frances Hill.

Imprint New York : Doubleday, ©1995.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  133.4309744 H552d 1995    ---  Lib Use Only
 Parsons Non-Fiction  133.40974 H646    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xvii, 269 pages, [8] p. of plates : illustrations, 1 map ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-255) and index.
Summary The Salem witch-hunt and trials have captured the attention and imagination of young and old for centuries. Now Frances Hill guides us through the thickets of history and explains in clear and factual terms exactly what went on during that horrifying period between 1691 and 1693 when over one hundred men, women, and children were shackled in the dank prisons of Salem, charged with witchcraft. Ultimately, nineteen were hanged at Gallows Hill, one was pressed to death under a pile of stones, and many others simply languished in prison for months on end, helplessly losing their families, homes, and possessions. Many lost their lives, not a few their sanity. But what really happened? Were the accused truly evil in some way? And if not, how could a group of teenagers work such a cruel and convincing outcome? Drawing on the insights of modern psychology and feminism, A Delusion of Satan answers these questions and more, and forces us to recognize hints of "witch-hunts" in the McCarthyism of the recent past and in current events like alleged child-abuse cases.
Contents Sowing the dragon's teeth -- A witch cake -- The hand of Satan -- The nightmare of a religion -- New England night-birds -- A thing like a man -- Brother against brother -- Church of Putnam -- "As breath into the wind" -- The yellow bird -- Secret enemies -- Diabolical malice -- One of you is a devil -- Apparitions of a hundred persons -- A black man with an hat -- Into the unknown -- A wheel within a wheel -- Such horrid lies -- A bold fellow with his hat on -- Loud cries and clamours -- Full of grief -- The hanging tree -- "I know I must die" -- Satan's desire -- The guilt of innocent blood.
Subject Trials (Witchcraft) -- Massachusetts -- Salem.
Witchcraft -- Massachusetts -- Salem -- History.
Salem (Mass.) -- Social conditions.
Social conditions (OCoLC)fst01919811
Trials (Witchcraft) (OCoLC)fst01156425
Witchcraft. (OCoLC)fst01176327
Massachusetts -- Salem. (OCoLC)fst01205839
procès -- sorcellerie -- Salem (Etats-Unis, Mass.) -- 1692.
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Online version: Hill, Frances, 1943- Delusion of Satan. lst ed. New York : Doubleday, ©1995 (OCoLC)604620160
Online version: Hill, Frances, 1943- Delusion of Satan. lst ed. New York : Doubleday, ©1995 (OCoLC)607751334
ISBN 0385472552
Standard No. AU@ 000011562781
CHRRO 2300073
NZ1 4535303
YDXCP 315805

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