The Witchcraft Delusion In Colonial Connecticut (1647-1697)

The Witchcraft Delusion In Colonial Connecticut (1647-1697)

John M. Taylor

From the Foreword: ‘The true story of witchcraft in old Connecticut has never been told. It has been hidden in the ancient records and in manuscripts in private collections, and those most conversant with the facts have not made them known, for one reason or another. It is herein written from authoritative sources, and should prove of interest and value as a present-day interpretation of that…

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Magic and Witchcraft

Magic and Witchcraft

George Moir

Chapters include: The Legendary Lucifer; Sources of Superstition; Monkish Superstition; Executions for Witchcraft; Self-Delusions; Persecutions in Germany; Persecutions in Hungary; The Puritans; Amusements of Witches; Isobel Gowdie; Tortures; James the First; Case of Lady Fowlis, and more.

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Salem Witchcraft

Salem Witchcraft

Samuel P. Fowler

Comprised of ‘Wonders of the Invisible World’, and ‘More Wonders of the Invisible World’. Includes: An Account of the Sufferings of Margaret Rule, written by the Rev. Cotton Mather, Several Letters to the Author, etc. and his Reply relating to Witchcraft; The Differences between the Inhabitants of Salem Village, and Mr. Parris, their Minister, in New-England; Letters of a Gentleman uninterested, endeavouring to prove the received…

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The Book of Witches

The Book of Witches

Oliver Madox Hueffer

Chapters include: On A Possible Revival Of Witchcraft; A Sabbath-General; The Origins Of The Witch; The Half-Way Worlds; The Witch’s Attributes; Some Representative English Witches; The Witch Of Antiquity; The Witch In Greece And Rome; From Paganism To Christianity; The Witch-Bull And Its Effects; The Later Persecutions In England; Persecutions In Scotland; Other Persecutions; Philtres, Charms…

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Satanism and Witchcraft

Satanism and Witchcraft

Jules Michelet

This is a translation of Jules Michelet’s La Sorcière, originally published in Paris in 1862. Michelet was one of the first to attempt a sociological explanation of the Witch trials. As time went on, the cult became institutionalized, which led to tacit toleration in some quarters. Michelet’s portrayal of the lone sorceress as a pioneer…

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The Witch-Persecutions

The Witch-Persecutions

George L. Burr

This is a survey of primary sources for the history of the witch persecutions. Written late in the 19th Century, this collection doesn’t attempt any analysis of the roots of the phenomena other than clerical abuse and mass insanity. Most importantly, these texts give insight into the cascading paranoia which characterizes witch hunts…

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Lectures on Witchcraft

Lectures on Witchcraft

Charles W. Upham

Comprising a History of delusion in Salem in 1692. The following lectures were originally prepared for delivery in the Salem Lyceum. The subject of which they treat is intimately connected with the history, not merely of New England, but of the imagination of man, as it has been developed in various regions and ages.

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Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather

Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather

Charles W. Upham

From the Introduction: “An article in The North American Review, for April, 1869, is mostly devoted to a notice of the work published by me, in 1867, entitled Salem Witchcraft, with an account of Salem Village, and a history of opinions on witchcraft and kindred subjects. If the article had contained criticisms, in the usual style, merely affecting the character of that work, in a literary point of view, no other duty…

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Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism

Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism

Allen Putnam

From the Preface:”Most history of New England witchcraft written since 1760 has dishonored the dead by lavish imputations of imposture, fraud, malice, credulity, and infatuation; has been sacrificing past acts, motives, and character to skepticism regarding the sagacity and manliness of the fathers, the guilelessness of their daughters, and the truth of ancient records. Transmitted accounts of certain phenomena…

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Witchcraft in Salem Village in 1692

Witchcraft in Salem Village in 1692

Winfield S. Nevins

From the Preface: ‘My design in writing this book has been to tell the story of the witchcraft delusion of 1692 in such a way as to convey a faithful picture to the reader. In order to do this it seemed advisable to give some account of the settlement of Salem and the neighboring villages, and their growth from 1626 to 1692, that the reader might understand the character of the people who lived there during the period covered…

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