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The witches : Salem, 1692

By: Schiff, Stacy

1474602266 / 9781474602266
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20 cm xvi, 496 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour)
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Reprint. Originally published: New York: Little, Brown, 2015.

'An oppressive, forensic, psychological thriller: J.K.

Rowling meets Antony Beevor, Stephen King and Marina Warner ...

Schiff's writing is to die for' THE TIMESIt began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's niece started to scream and convulse.

It ended less than a year later, but not before panic had infected the entire colony, nineteen men and women had been hanged, and a band of adolescent girls had brought Massachusetts to its knees. Vividly capturing the dark, unsettled atmosphere of seventeenth-century America, Stacy Schiff's magisterial history draws us into this anxious time.

She shows us how quickly the epidemic of accusations, trials, and executions span out of control.

Above all, Schiff's astonishing research reveals details and complexity that few other historians have seen.


1KBBEJ New Jersey, 3JD c 1600 to c 1700, HBJK History of the Americas, HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, HBTB Social & cultural history

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