The Witches

The Witches Salem, 1692 : A History

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Publisher's Synopsis

'An oppressive, forensic, psychological thriller: J.K. Rowling meets Antony Beevor, Stephen King and Marina Warner ... Schiff's writing is to die for' THE TIMES

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's niece started to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before panic had infected the entire colony, nineteen men and women had been hanged, and a band of adolescent girls had brought Massachusetts to its knees.

Vividly capturing the dark, unsettled atmosphere of seventeenth-century America, Stacy Schiff's magisterial history draws us into this anxious time. She shows us how quickly the epidemic of accusations, trials, and executions span out of control. Above all, Schiff's astonishing research reveals details and complexity that few other historians have seen.

Book information

ISBN: 9781474602266
Publisher: Orion
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 133.43097445
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 6159
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 404g
Height: 132mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 32mm