Annotations for Six Women of Salem : The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials


Baker & Taylor
"What was it like to be there and, if you were lucky, to live through it? In a compelling combination of narrative and groundbreaking historical research, Salem Witch Trial scholar Marilynne K. Roach vividly brings the terrifying times to life while skillfully illuminating the lives of the accused, the accusers, and the afflicted."--Back cover.

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Baker & Taylor
Examines the lives of six women accused of witchcraft and their accusers to illuminate the larger crisis of the Salem witch trials and what it was like to be present throughout this time in Salem's history.

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Book News
Roach presents this study of the Salem Witch Trials, focusing on six women who were accused, accusers, or both, and came from a variety of social backgrounds within the colony. The book is written in a narrative style, with both factual events and fictionalized dialogue and internal monologue reconstructed as possible from historical documents, with occasional direct quotations from the original texts. The first part introduces the six women and their place in the colony. Then, the events of the trials are recounted from January 1692 to May 1693 in segments of just over a week to several months, interweaving the stories of all six in chronological order. Finally, the aftermath in the ensuing years is presented in relation to each woman, including many calls for exoneration and the current state of knowledge regarding the ultimate fates of each woman, her family, their property and social standing. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Perseus Publishing
Six Women of Salem is the first work to use the lives of a select number of representative women as a microcosm to illuminate the larger crisis of the Salem witch trials. By the end of the trials, beyond the twenty who were executed and the five who perished in prison, 207 individuals had been accused, 74 had been ?afflicted," 32 had officially accused their fellow neighbors, and 255 ordinary people had been inexorably drawn into that ruinous and murderous vortex, and this doesn't include the religious, judicial, and governmental leaders. All this adds up to what the Rev. Cotton Mather called ?a desolation of names."

The individuals involved are too often reduced to stock characters and stereotypes when accuracy is sacrificed to indignation. And although the flood of names and detail in the history of an extraordinary event like the Salem witch trials can swamp the individual lives involved, individuals still deserve to be remembered and, in remembering specific lives, modern readers can benefit from such historical intimacy. By examining the lives of six specific women, Marilynne Roach shows readers what it was like to be present throughout this horrific time and how it was impossible to live through it unchanged.


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Perseus Publishing
A narrative that allows readers to experience the history of the Salem witch trials through the eyes of those who lived it


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