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Ed a remote rocky barren bushy wild woody wilderness With devastating clarity the textures and tension of colonial life emerge hidden patterns subtly startlingly detach themselves from the darkness Schiff brings early American anxieties to the fore to align them brilliantly with our own In an era of religious provocations crowdsourcing and invisible enemies this enthralling story makes sense than ever The Witches is Schiff's riveting account of a seminal episode a primal American mystery unveiled in crackling detail and lyrical prose by one of our most acclaimed historian The Salem witch trials is a fascinating subject but I found this book to be a bit frustrating I had enjoyed Stacy Schiff s previous work Cleopatra and was excited when I heard she was researching the infamous witch hunt of 1692 However The Witches is maddeningly detailed and excessively footnoted and I think it s a case where Schiff couldn t see the forest for the trees The best parts of the book were Chapter 1 in which Schiff wrote a good summary of the mass hysteria that happened in colonial Massachusetts and the last few chapters which finally provided some context and explanation for what occurred The majority of the book chronicles the numerous accusations of witchcraft and the trials and punishments in addition to the minutiae of daily life and the neighborly bickering of the Puritans But the author seemed so focused on creating a comprehensive historical account that the work became dense and opaue It doesn t help that there is a huge cast of characters involved and it s difficult to keep all the stories straight There is a detailed list of everyone at the front of the book which is a nice referenceI would recommend this book to fans of history who don t mind doing some skimming during the dense partsOpening PassageIn 1692 the Massachusetts Bay Colony executed fourteen women five men and two dogs for witchcraft The sorcery materialized in January The first hanging took place in June the last in September a stark stunned silence followed What discomfited those who survived the ordeal was not the cunning practice of witchcraft but the clumsy administration of justice Innocents indeed appeared to have hanged But guilty parties had escaped There was no vow never to forget consigning nine months to oblivion seemed a appropriate response It worked for a generation We have been conjuring with Salem our national nightmare the undercooked overripe tabloid episode the dystopian chapter in our past ever since It crackles flickers and jolts its way through American history and literature

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The Witches Salem 1692

Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff author of the bestseller Cleopatra provides an electrifying fresh view of the Salem witch trialsThe panic began early in over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter when a minister's niece began to writhe and roar It spread uickly confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony Neighbors accused neighbors husbands accused wives parents and children one another It ended less than a year later but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an The Witches Kindle elderly man crushed to death Speaking When you predicted an apocalypse you needed sooner or later to produce one Stacy Schiff attempts to provide a coherent review of an incoherent time IN 1692 THE Massachusetts Bay Colony executed fourteen women five men and two dogs for witchcraft Salem Massachusetts is infamous even today for being the location of the most publicized witch hunts in AmericaSchiff delves into records unearths personal journals and interviews experts of today in an attempt to explain how neighbors friends and families were so uick to turn on each other and commit their own flesh and blood to torture She speaks of the times and how that influenced the witch hunt a strictly Puritan township that emphasized purity faith humility and a healthy respect for knowing one s place The witch hunt stands as a cobwebbed crowd sourced cautionary tale a reminder that as a minister at odds with the crisis noted extreme right can blunder into extreme wrong Women were expected to know their place and to love being in it witchcraft offered a means of escape and powerIn addition witchcraft was also used as a catch all to explain the unexplained Faith aside witchcraft served an eminently useful purposeIt made sense of the unfortunate and the eerie the sick child and the rancid butter along with the killer cat And why address larger problems when you can use a such a convenient explanation Witchcraft tied up loose ends accounting for the arbitrary the eerie and the unneighborlyI enjoyed this oneI remember being absolutely obsessed by the Salem witch trials in middle school and was horribly disappointed when I found so many conflicting stories and evidence that ultimately didn t pan outSo I was both surprised and and delighted to get such a well rounded picture of what happened actually during this time Everything was cited and fully researched any speculation was based on solid evidence definitely something that made the book stand outThe details did get a little too much about halfway through and I could feel my interest waning slightlybut the author did pull the book together in the endUltimately Schiff provides an interesting investigative look into inexplicable time in America s history We all subscribe to preposterous beliefs we just don t know yet which ones they areAudiobook CommentsRead by Eliza Foss and she really brought the book to life She had excellent tone and pacing throughoutYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading

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Loudly and emphatically adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis Along with suffrage and Prohibition the Salem witch trials represent one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history Drawing masterfully on the archives Stacy Schiff introduces us to the strains on a Puritan adolescent's life and to the authorities whose delicate agendas were at risk She illuminates the demands of a rigorous faith the vulnerability of settlements adrift from the mother country perched at a politically tumultuous time on the edge of what a visitor term i m still chipping away at this book but sean of the house decided he wanted to read it too so there s been a bit of a tug o war going on but as soon as he turns his back it s MINE again


10 thoughts on “The Witches Salem 1692

  1. says:

    This book a historical account of the Salem witch trials by an author whose prior work has been highly acclaimed turned out to be a long winded and tedious disappointment I regret the many hours I spent slogging

  2. says:

    When you predicted an apocalypse you needed sooner or later to produce one Stacy Schiff attempts to provide a coherent review of an incoherent time IN 1692 THE Massachusetts Bay Colony executed fourteen women five men and two dogs for witchcraft Salem Massachusetts is infamous even today for being the location of the most publicized witch hunts in AmericaSchiff delves into records unearths personal journals and intervie

  3. says:

    I have really been into non fiction lately and this is a TOME ladies and gentlemen Impeccably researched sometimes to it's fault but fascinating and depressing at the same time I particularly loved how I could really plac

  4. says:

    There’s probably no event in American history that looms so large in proportion to its size and impact than the Salem Witc

  5. says:

    i'm still chipping away at this book but sean of the house decided he wanted to read it too so there's been a bit of a tug o war going on but as

  6. says:

    1 star to Stacy Schiff's The Witches Salem 1692 It is rare that I cannot finish a book especially when it's on a topic that I find fascinating but after multiple attempts I can't leave this sit on my night table any longer It mocks me because it has wonThe Salem Witch Trials are such an historic part of our country and

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    From a period of time so fraught with scandal and religious ferocity Stacy Schiff is able to construct a powerful and well paced book that offers readers insight into the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 Admitting from the outset that much of the

  8. says:

    The Salem witch trials is a fascinating subject but I found this book to be a bit frustrating I had enjoyed Stacy Schiff's previous work Cleopatra and was excited when I heard she was researching the infamous witch hunt of 1692 However The Witches is maddeningly detailed and excessively footnoted and I think it's a case where Schiff couldn't see the forest for the trees The best parts of the book were Chapter 1 in which

  9. says:

    In The Witches Salem 1692 Stacy Schiff provides a thorough exposition of what happened during the Salem Massachusetts witch frenzy of 1692 The trouble seems to have begun when two young girls Abigail Williams and Betty Parris took to twitching convulsing yipping rolling around on the floor being bitten pinched and pricked by spectral creatures and so on The attention this garnered the 'afflicted' young ladies soon inspired other girls to

  10. says:

    It felt like this book would never end I like nonfiction I love historical nonfiction I also love details Give me lots and lots of details and send me hopping down the rabbit hole on a research adventure and I'm a happy gi

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