If one has never read anything before on the Salem witch trials, Death in Salem would be a good book to start off with, because it is not an academic book, per se, with a plethora of narrowly focused theories as to why the Salem witch drama happened - and there are a sundry lot of possible causes - in example, the Ergot poisoning theory, the PTSD theory stemming from Indian attacks, the conflicts between Salem Town versus Salem Village or the societal repression of the girls, who were the primary … more
More a compilation of biographical information than a new study, Death in Salem presents brief vignettes about the principals involved in the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692/3. Most of the accused witches were ordinary people who left few clues about how they came to be victimized, but more is known about the ministers and the judges, many of whom were wealthy and well connected politically. Foulds's book is written for a popular rather than a scholarly audience; it can serve as a quick … more
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