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The devil in the shape of a woman : witchcraft in colonial New England

Author: Carol F Karlsen
Publisher: New York : Norton, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: Confessing to "Familiarity with the Devils," Mary Johnson, a servant, was executed by Connecticut officials in 1648. A wealthy Boston widow, Ann Hibbens, was hanged in 1656 for casting spells on her neighbors. In 1662, Ann Cole was "taken with very strange Fits" and fueled an outbreak of witchcraft accusations in Hartford a generation before the notorious events in Salem took place. More than  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol F Karlsen
ISBN: 0393317595 9780393317596
OCLC Number: 39167442
Description: xvii, 370 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface --
1: New England's witchcraft beliefs --
2: Demographic basis of witchcraft --
3: Economic basis of witchcraft --
4: Handmaidens of the devil --
5: Handmaidens of the lord --
6: New England's well-ordered society --
7: Brands plucked out of the burning --
Epilogue --
Afterword to the Norton paperback edition --
Appendix: List of accused witches --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Carol F. Karlsen.

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"A pioneer work in...the sexual structuring of society. This is not just another book about witchcraft." -Edmund S. Morgan, Yale University  Read more...

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"A remarkable achievement. The 'witches' come alive in this book, not as stereotypes, but as real women living in a society that suspected and feared their independence and combativeness." -- Mary Read more...

 
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