Before Salem : witch hunting in the Connecticut River Valley, 1647-1663 / Richard S. Ross III
Book | McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers | 2017

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vii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-324) and index.
"This history examines the outbreak of witch hysteria in the Valley, focusing on accusations of demonic possession, apotropaic magic and the role of the clergy. Although the hysteria was eventually quelled by a progressive magistrate unwilling to try witches, accounts of the trials later influenced contemporary writers during the Salem witch hunts"-- Provided by publisher.
Machine generated contents note: 1. The English Civil War and the Revival of Witch Hunting in England -- 2. The "old serpent" Disturbs the Peace of the New England Churches -- 3. Settling Windsor in the New England Wilderness -- 4. Conditions in Windsor Increase the Fear of Satan -- 5. Old England and the Origins of Witchcraft in New England -- 6. "The devil is amongst thee now" -- 7. "Ah! Witch! Ah! Witch!" -- 8. "The Devill will have you quick" -- 9. A More Compassionate Magistracy -- 10. "A world of sin was doubtlessly committed" -- 11. "The Glory is departed, & Evill come upon the people of God" -- 12. Demonic Possession and the Witch Hysteria in Hartford -- 13. "They seeke my inocent blood."
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1476666482 (softcover ; alk. paper)
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