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The Penguin Book of Witches (original 2014; udgave 2014)

af Katherine Howe (Redaktør)

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"Chilling real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America from a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends. Bringing to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, this volume provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft."--publisher.… (mere)
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Titel:The Penguin Book of Witches
Forfattere:Katherine Howe (Redaktør)
Info:Penguin Classics (2014), 320 pages
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It was fascinating to read actual accounts written about the witch trials, and some other events involving the accusation and persecution of witches, during this time frame (1582-1813). At times the style was meandering or dry, but nonetheless, this is a true window into the past. Each piece has an introduction that gives clearer context and/or meaning, which is very useful. It is extraordinary to read the beliefs and actions of the people involved, and to see the hints of what was really behind at least some of these activities. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Nov 17, 2020 |
The Penguin Book of Witches by Katherine Howe starts out strong with an interesting introduction and list of suggestions for further reading. The author is a descendent of three accused Salem witches, and her novel The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is one of my favorites.

This non-fiction book covers biblical witches, a handful of English and Scottish witch trials and documents pertaining to witches and witchcraft, and then in more detail and number witches and witch trials from early Colonial America to the infamous witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, to a time period after Salem though 1813. Interestingly, it contains an anecdote from an anti-Federalist paper published in 1787 during the Constitutional Convention regarding the still present belief in witches, which led to an older women being stoned to death in the streets of Philadelphia in 1786. It ends with a brief history of Moll Pitcher, 1738-1813, a cunning woman and fortune teller much respected internationally and often consulted in Lynn, Massachusetts. In as much as the introduction sets the stage, the book just ends with Moll’s story, followed by end notes. I wanted a closing note or epilogue from the author.

While reading I quickly got bored and skimmed through the first part of the book, mainly focusing on the introductions that summarized each individual recounting. The Salem and After Salem sections were much more interesting, and I read them in their entirety. It is telling that it took me a little over a year to finish the book, as after a while the accounts became tedious.

The end notes are interesting and often include links to the original documents via the University of Virginia’s online Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project.

The book is definitely a good source for research projects, and an important source for preserving the often spotty record of a small handful of women and some men who were accused, arrested, tried, tortured, and often executed as witches for daring to be different, to be other, to fall out of favor in a small community, in the name of religion.

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  LoriFox | Oct 24, 2020 |
"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." This one phrase from Exodus has shaped the lives of countess people throughout history, especially women. The Penguin Book of Witches is a non-fiction account of Witchcraft from medieval England to the new Colonies. Shedding light on the evolution of the trials of the witches themselves to the spread of fear in the new world, this is a comprehensive view of just how witches were accused and tried in the words of the accused and afflicted.

The Penguin Book of Witches examines historical documents and transcripts with explanations for each occurrence within its historical context. While I enjoyed reading about the Salem trials, more interesting to me were the people tried before the hysteria. In enjoyed reading these first hand accounts, even as the Old English threw me for a few loops, I definitely needed to keep flipping back to the notes section, but there was a lot of good information back there. Whenever I read about witchcraft, I am always amazed at some of the parallels to persecution of women today. Among the similarities of the women accused were women of poor economic standing, women who were seen as attempting to gain power or women who practiced medicine. Hopefully we can learn from the past and those who call us "nasty women" today won't begin the craziness again. ( )
  Mishker | Oct 27, 2016 |
This is the author's dissertation on the trials in Salem. This gives the reader the historical background and insight into the culture of that time surrounding the trials. This book should be read first before reading her other works , in order, to understand the underlying themes of her novels. If one likes the genre of magical reality in fiction, you will enjoy reading this book. ( )
  jcozart | Jun 2, 2015 |
A few days ago, I pulled asparagus out of our refrigerator to find that it had turned. When my husband commented on it, I said that I thought the cashier at the grocery store was a witch and had cursed it. He replied that I was wrong, and in turn I replied that he was obviously under the witch's thrall. Of course, I was joking. The cashier was a very nice lady, and the reason our asparagus had turned was because we had let it sit too long in the fridge. However, there was a time in our history when this might have been taken seriously. That witchcraft was viewed very differently than it is today.

The Penguin Book of Witches edited by Katherine Howe takes a look at the witch trials that took place in the 1700-1800's. Howe has gone into the archives of court cases where innocents were accused of Witchcraft. Some of the accused admit to actually being witches while others were innocents. It reminds me how easily some can be lead astray by manipulative people hell bent on revenge for a petty reason.

This book provides some very interesting and entertaining reading. I think this book will appeal to anybody who is fascinated by history. It's a little academic, but not so much so that it's like reading a textbook. I found myself absorbed in this book while I was reading it. It's a great peek into the past.
Read more at http://www.toreadornottoread.net/2014/11/review-penguin-book-of-witches.html#PHl... ( )
  mt256 | Dec 3, 2014 |
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"Chilling real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America from a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends. Bringing to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, this volume provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft."--publisher.

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