The Penguin Book of Witches Chilling real life accounts of witches from medieval Europe through colonial America From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in to court documents from the Salem witch tri

  • Title: The Penguin Book of Witches
  • Author: Katherine Howe
  • ISBN: 9780143106180
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 hChilling 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, never failing to horrify, intrigue, and delight.

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    1. The Penguin Book of Witches is a collection of historical accounts of witchcraft and witches spanning from 1582 to 1813 with special emphasis on the Salem Witch Trials. The court documents, warrants, and testimonies are fascinating, though some of the documents are difficult to push through if read from beginning to end. And the said Ursula, seeing nothing to be had of the said Grace, fell out with her and said that she would be even with her and thereupon she was taken lame, and from that day. [...]

    2. Me ha resultado sumamente interesante. Es un ensayo por lo que hay capítulos más densos o que requieren más tiempo para ser asimilados aunque la autora nos da muchas explicaciones para que entendamos bien los documentos o juicios que nos presenta. Fue una época oscura e injusta con todas aquellas mujeres que demuestra de lo que son capaces los seres humanos.

    3. Es un libro muy interesante y esclarecedor sobre el tratamiento de la brujería a lo largo del tiempo. Se centra, concretamente, entre el año 1582 y el 1813. No es una novela (lo digo porque me he topado con gente que cree que lo es); es una recopilación cronológica de transcripciones de interrogatorios, juicios, testimonios y otras diversas crónicas relacionadas con los casos de brujería más sonados en esa etapa en Inglaterra y las colonias norteamericanas. En ocasiones los textos son den [...]

    4. If you have ever had an interest the historical story of witches, how they became so notorious , and how society came to fear them to the point of mob justice, generating the term "witch hunt," this is the book for you.  Katherine Howe takes historical records from 15th century court records of witch trials to the 19th century when belief in witches as a reality began to wane.   Her study crosses England, Scotland, Ireland, New England and Canada.  Howe it's thorough in demonstrating what cre [...]

    5. Una pequeña decepción la que me ha supuesto este libro, la verdad. La edición está muy cuidada, y los extractos de los distintos juicios por brujería que recoge están realmente bién; en ese aspecto, el libro es más que correcto, y tiene un aparato de notas que ayuda mucho a comprender lo que estamos leyendo.Pero esperaba algo más, no solo una simple recopilación de fuentes con una (mínima) introducción por parte de la editora. Además, y en muchos de los casos, da por sobreentido que [...]

    6. Este es un libro muy interesante, sobre todo si te interesa todo el tema de las brujas.Tiene un montón de transcripciones de juicios de esa época. La mayoría parecen una broma, pero leyéndolos podemos ver cómo era la mentalidad de esa época, en miedo que tenían a lo desconocido (en el caso del pueblo) y a perder su poder (en el caso de altos cargos o miembros de la iglesia).Tengo que reconocer que con la parte de la paletilla de cordero me dio la risa, y a la vez no entendía como algo as [...]

    7. When you think of Halloween you usually think of witches, well at least I do and a witches costume is usually one of the most worn on that day of ghouls and ghostlies. Whether or not you believe in witches is up to you, but I certainly do and when there are books to read or movies/TV shows to watch, I am always right there. I love reading about witchcraft even the dark magic stuff. Witchcraft is something that has often plagued history, in most countries, but we had our own scare of it right her [...]

    8. Excellent non-fiction expostulation of the sociology of witchcraft in English speaking North America. Based on primary sources Katherine Howe builds a powerful picture of the gender, demographic, religious, economic, and political forces that led to the most notorious episode in North American witchcraft, the Salem witch hysteria in 1692 and its aftermath.Compelling commentary enlivens the essential but often turgid source material. Howe builds a strong case for the cultural and historical compo [...]

    9. Gracias a mi novio por regalarme este libro.Es un libro bastante interesante, en el que Katherine Howe ha hecho un gran trabajo de investigación. Recoge varios casos de brujería y juicios de supuestas brujas, en los que la autora va explicando a lector ciertos detalles que por la época no son inteligible hoy en día, por lo que no hay que ser un gran erudito para leer este libro.

    10. "The first witchcraft act in England was passed in 1542, and the last anti witchcraft statute was not officially repealed until 1736." This important quote indicates that over 200 years of witchcraft accusations, investigations, trials, and punishments of being thrown in stocks, ducked in water, exorcised, or suffering jail and death that fell on far too many men and women in England and America. Witchcraft was the definitive focus of hyperbolic, potent fury as clearly shown in this collection o [...]

    11. The Penguin Book of Witches is a great resource for primary source documents that either informed many of the key thought processes of the time or document many of the trials themselves. As a non-fiction compilation this does read more like a textbook but an immensely fascinating one if you are at all interested in cultural or socio-economic bias, bullying or witchcraft. Katherine Howe, our editor, makes several great points about how the hysteria had a lot less to do with religion or any partic [...]

    12. With Halloween just around the corner I was in the mood for something a little bit spooky. However, I am not a fan of the horror genre so this collection of primary sources collated by Katherine Howe was exactly what I was looking for. Katherine is the author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane which I read back in 2010 and really enjoyed.My full review of this book is on my blog: leftontheshelfbookblogspo

    13. Es curioso que algo que nos es en cierta forma tan familiar como los conceptos de "bruja" o "cacería de brujas" tuvieran un origen en realidad macabro, no por que existiera la brujería en sí, sino por la forma en la que se veía el fenómeno en la antigüedad. Y más llama la atención que los casos más famosos de los juicios de brujería no se dan en épocas consideradas como bárbaras como la Edad Media o en lugares tradicionalmente tachados de ignorantes como los países de corte católic [...]

    14. ensuingchapters/2014/09/26The Penguin Book of WitchesKatherine Howe, editorIt’s fitting that Penguin is releasing its annotated Book of Witches in time for Halloween—and not just because of the seasonal correlation of Wicca and the feast of Samhain. The history of the witch is long and complicated. The difficulty of distilling thousands of years of witchery into a single volume is perhaps best illustrated by considering the variety of Halloween Penguin Book of Witchescostumes celebrating the [...]

    15. This intriguing and illuminating book assembles primary sources related to witchcraft trials in England and North America from the period of James I through the Salem witch trials, along with some post-Salem materials. Each of the excerpts is preceded by an excellent introduction by Katherine Howe, a descendant of the Elizabeth Howe, one of those condemned for witchcraft in Salem. In her introduction, Howe lays out her theme, that witchcraft was a social construct with a political purpose: "This [...]

    16. I disagree with some of the reviews that find this book great for reference purposes only, but in the same time i understand why this was the case; for me i was delayed in my reading by some early parts in the book, and in the middle by one lengthy account of some event, there is nothing wrong with these parts, it was only the old English language used in these early documents and for the account it was the repetitions. But away from these two issues, I found this book to be entertaining and ver [...]

    17. Excellent short anthology of court records and testimony from witch trials in both England and the colonial US, mostly New England.It would have helped, for ease of reading, to make it more clear where unintelligible or missing writing was in the transcript because [torn] or [illegible] were often right in line with the transcript and it was a bit confusing.

    18. As advertiseda collection of records, court transcripts and such back from the 1600's and 1700's, illustrating the persecution of alleged witches. Interesting stuff, a quick read Just wondering, how can people be so nuts?

    19. I bought this book thinking that it would tell stories about witches, the kind of witches we all know; white hair, big nose, black hat, etc. But i got very surprised when i started reading its content, that actually contains fragments of the transcriptions of real judgments against innocent peolple, who didnt have a chance to deffend themselfs, who were accused from the very first minute as whitches and were finally unfearly hanged or burned. I think this is a great book to understand a period o [...]

    20. Un trabajo exhaustivo en el que se recuperan los archivos sobre los juicios de brujería en Salem. La autora traza con fieles transcripciones un recorrido que permite comprender las concepciones sobre la brujería, sus consecuencias y el cambio de pensamiento en las colonias norteamericanas.“. la suerte de la infeliz llamada Corbmaker, que fue apaleada, reiteradamente herida con cuchillos, aplastada y finalmente asesinada en nuestras calles en obediencia del mandamiento que ordena ‘a la hech [...]

    21. Un libro super interesante y fascinante de leer. Mi parte preferida sin duda fue los juicios de Salem y también leer lo que muchos pensadores de la época pensaban de la brujería. Definitivamente puede hacerse tedioso si no te interesa realmente el tema, ya que hay muchos testimonios que leer y se puede hacer pesado. Pero si te interesa este episodio de la historia es un buen libro para iniciar.

    22. Read along with The CrucibleThis book confused me at first. If I hadn't checked on the blurb, I would have thought it was a fiction anthology, based on the cover photograph and my asumed idea that Penguin Classics was a classic fiction collection. However, this book is a collection of historical documents of many cases of women - with an exception - accused of being witches from late 16th Century to late 18th C. The volume is divided in four sections: 1. "English Antecedents" - for me, the harde [...]

    23. 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 w [...]

    24. "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 [...]

    25. In The Penguin Book of Witches Katherine Howe has collected and transcribed a variety of original sources pertaining to witchcraft's place in the cultural, legal, and theological landscape of England and colonial America. It's a fascinating look at the actual men and women involved in the prosecution and persecution of alleged witches spanning a period of about 150 years.Reading Book of Witches was kind of like watching one of those reality court shows on TV. My sympathies were with the accuser [...]

    26. Ms. Howe has gathered, transcribed, and organized an exceptional amount of original reference material for research on the early 1690’s witch trials. She has provided an in-depth look at the persecution of witches, spanning roughly 150 years, during the Salem Witch Trials. She then goes on to discuss how this persecution evolved over the years and has not disappeared. Ms. Howe describes how superstition, fear, and prejudice can influence our decisions and the consequences that are thus evoked [...]

    27. This book is so brilliant. Katharine Howe does a great job of writing and editing in this novel. I am a big fan of writing, and I research my subjects before I write. this book had so much information I could use from start to finish. It has histories(ie. Salem Witch Trials) of witchcraft from real accounts and mixes of literature. It is such a smart and wonderful compilation material for Penguin to have put out. It is something I know I will keep on hand for use for a long time. You get a stron [...]

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