A Delusion Of Satan: The Full Story Of The Salem Witch Trials

Paperback | May 30, 2002

byFrances Hill

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This acclaimed history illuminates the horrifying episode of Salem with visceral clarity, from those who fanned the crisis to satisfy personal vendettas to the four-year-old "witch" chained to a dank prison wall in darkness till she went mad. Antonia Fraser called it "a grisly read and an engrossing one."

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This acclaimed history illuminates the horrifying episode of Salem with visceral clarity, from those who fanned the crisis to satisfy personal vendettas to the four-year-old "witch" chained to a dank prison wall in darkness till she went mad. Antonia Fraser called it "a grisly read and an engrossing one."

Frances Hill, an accomplished journalist and novelist, has written The Salem Witch Trials Reader and A Delusion of Satan. She lives in London.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:May 30, 2002Publisher:Da Capo BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306811596

ISBN - 13:9780306811593

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, factual book When I wanted to find a good, historical book about the Salem Witch Trials, this one was consistently recommended. Frances Hill did an excellent job of researching the various religious as well as political complexities that contributed to the events that came to pass. Highly recommended if you wish to get a complete picture of the people involved and the escalation that led to the tragedy of the trials.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much detail in this book. In 1692, hundreds of people in Massachusetts were accused of witchcraft. 18 were hanged for it, and one was pressed to death when he refused to speak at his own trial. Frances Hill takes a close look at exactly what happened in this Puritan-settled area to allow this to happen. This was really good. There is so much detail in this book. It starts off by describing the kind of world these Puritans lived in, the politics that was happening at the time as Salem Village was trying to separate from Salem Town, and more. There is quite a bit of information Hill brings forth about the “afflicted” girls and their lives and families, as well as the lives of the accused, some of whom were elderly and/or very upstanding members of the community and in the church. With so many people (afflicted and accused) added as it goes on, it can get a little confusing as to who’s who later in the book, but overall, it’s still very good and well worth the read.
Date published: 2010-05-25