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A Storm of Witchcraft

By Emerson W. Baker
  • ISBN Code: : 0199385149
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : History
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Beginning in January 1692, Salem Village in colonial Massachusetts witnessed the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft in early America. Villagers--mainly young women--suffered from unseen torments that caused them to writhe, shriek, and contort their bodies, complaining of pins stuck into their flesh and of being haunted by specters. Believing that they suffered from assaults by an invisible spirit, the community began a hunt to track down those responsible for the demonic work. The resulting Salem Witch Trials, culminating in the execution of 19 villagers, persists as one of the most mysterious and fascinating events in American history. Historians have speculated on a web of possible causes for the witchcraft that stated in Salem and spread across the region-religious crisis, ergot poisoning, an encephalitis outbreak, frontier war hysteria--but most agree that there was no single factor. Rather, as Emerson Baker illustrates in this seminal new work, Salem was "a perfect storm": a unique convergence of conditions and events that produced something extraordinary throughout New England in 1692 and the following years, and which has haunted us ever since. Baker shows how a range of factors in the Bay colony in the 1690s, including a new charter and government, a lethal frontier war, and religious and political conflicts, set the stage for the dramatic events in Salem. Engaging a range of perspectives, he looks at the key players in the outbreak--the accused witches and the people they allegedly bewitched, as well as the judges and government officials who prosecuted them--and wrestles with questions about why the Salem tragedy unfolded as it did, and why it has become an enduring legacy. Salem in 1692 was a critical moment for the fading Puritan government of Massachusetts Bay, whose attempts to suppress the story of the trials and erase them from memory only fueled the popular imagination. Baker argues that the trials marked a turning point in colonial history from Puritan communalism to Yankee independence, from faith in collective conscience to skepticism toward moral governance. A brilliantly told tale, A Storm of Witchcraft also puts Salem's storm into its broader context as a part of the ongoing narrative of American history and the history of the Atlantic World.

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  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 259
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 998
  • Pdf File: prayer-against-witchcraft-dream-and-storm-of-darkness.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book is written to address evil dreams that break shock-absorbers of dreamers. Bad dream come with windfall of negatives that paralyze activities of men and women of great minds. It is unfortunate; we don’t handle our dream with all seriousness. Dream is meant to reveal deep secrets you must address. Bad dream is a monopoly of fear and attacks. Many lives and destinies are wasted in the dream before they know it. The fact is, most attacks are carried out in the spirit before it manifests in real life. What will happen in the physical first happen in the spirit, we have warning of it through fearful dreams, called bad dream. At this point, you must rise and firmly address it. Those who live in fool paradise, call dream names. They believe dream is useless. We thank God, this day that people know the importance and meaning to dreams. This book is thus an eye opener to dream interpretation and the way out. Every reader will find it useful as escape route from danger. It will make you guard your loins and put up right armour of warfare, wisdom and valour to live above battles of life. If you rightly interpret your dreams, you will recover what you lost or about to lose. Finally, this book will take you out of the wood. Don’t hesitate, pick this book. Let broad smile and laughter fill your mouth. What more? You are conqueror in the battle of life.

An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present

By Doreen Valiente
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  • Publisher : The Crowood Press
  • Book Code : 0719826918
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 553
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Book Short Summary:

This is the only book of its kind on witchcraft that has been written by a practising witch. It is intended to be not merely a history, but a guide to the many strange byways of a vast and fascinating subject. Witchcraft is as old as the human race, and it is actively practised today, by people of all classes. To its devotees, witchcraft is more than spells and charms, or even secret meetings and rituals; it is a philosophy and a way of life. It claims to be the oldest form of religion, that of nature-worship and magic. Since the last Witchcraft Act was repealed in 1951, the revival of public interest in witchcraft has been the subject of continuous controversy. This book is a serious contribution to the study of a subject too long obscured by prejudice and sensationalism.

The Adventures of the Time Witches

By S R Sutton
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1665587474
  • Total of Pages : 102
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 250
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Book Short Summary:

The adventures of the time witches is a sequel to the eight skulls of Teversham, after following the family line of witches through the ages to the modern times in the twentieth century, two time travelling witches journey through time and space seeking answers to many unanswered questions about their origin and about the many secrets kept by the cave dwellers of northern Scotland then known as Alba. Natasha and Crystal meet up with witches, vampires and many strange aliens as they pursue their quest with them at the start of the journey is a android called Foster, a goblin called Shimick and Shanice a teenage witch. They travel back where the witches began, at their origins in Scotland. They were said to have obtained their powers as a result of super nova in space, this caused meteors to hail from the skies containing high levels of gamma radiation, which as a rule would be harmful to anybody. The energy omitted from the rock gave them great powers that they were unable to understand or appreciate in some cases, this caused a division in the tribe of cave dwellers resulting in the introduction of two kinds of witches, the white witches who were peace lovers who used their powers for good and the dark witches who were evil and used their powers to destroy and dominate other species.

A History of American Law

By Lawrence M. Friedman
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0190070900
  • Total of Pages : 704
  • Category : Law
  • Members : 400
  • Pdf File: a-history-of-american-law.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Renowned legal historian Lawrence Friedman presents an accessible and authoritative history of American law from the colonial era to the present day. This fully revised fourth edition incorporates the latest research to bring this classic work into the twenty-first century. In addition to looking closely at timely issues like race relations, the book covers the changing configurations of commercial law, criminal law, family law, and the law of property. Friedman furthermore interrogates the vicissitudes of the legal profession and legal education. The underlying theory of this eminently readable book is that the law is the product of society. In this way, we can view the history of the legal system through a sociological prism as it has evolved over the years.

Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft

By Jonathan Durrant,Michael D. Bailey
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  • Publisher : Scarecrow Press
  • Book Code : 0810875128
  • Total of Pages : 292
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 161
  • Pdf File: historical-dictionary-of-witchcraft.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The second edition of Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft covers the history of the Witchcraft from 1750 B.C.E. though the modern day. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on witch hunts, witchcraft trials, and related practices around the world. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the history of witchcraft.

Religion, Law and Security in Africa

By M Christian Green,T Jeremy Gunn,Mark Hill
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  • Publisher : AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
  • Book Code : 1928314422
  • Total of Pages : 426
  • Category : Law
  • Members : 806
  • Pdf File: religion-law-and-security-in-africa.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Security is a key topic of our time. But how do we understand it? Do law and religion take different views of it? In this fifth volume in the Law and Religion in Africa series, radicalisation, terrorism, blasphemy, hate speech, religious freedom and just war theories rub shoulders with issues of witchcraft, female genital mutilation circumcision, child marriage, displaced communities and additional issues besides. This unique collection of topics is both challenging and inspiring, providing illumination in troubled times, and forming a sound foundation for future scholarship.

The Great Book of Witchcraft

By Howard Williams,Frederick George Lee,Walter Scott,Jules Michelet,M. Schele de Vere,John Ashton,William Godwin,W. H. Davenport Adams,Charles Mackay,George Moir,Margaret Murray,St. John D. Seymour,John G. Campbell,John Maxwell Wood,Bram Stoker,E. Lynn Linton,Wilhelm Meinhold,Cotton Mather,Increase Mather,Charles Wentworth Upham,M. V. B. Perley,James Thacher,William P. Upham,Samuel Roberts Wells,John M. Taylor,Allen Putnam
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 6249
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 112
  • Pdf File: the-great-book-of-witchcraft.pdf

Book Short Summary:

e-artnow presents to you this unique collection of books about witchcraft, witch trials, magic, sorcery legends, supernatural, demonology and occult practice: Introduction: The Superstitions of Witchcraft The Devil in Britain and America Witchcraft in Europe: History of Magic and Witchcraft: Magic and Witchcraft Lives of the Necromancers Witch, Warlock, and Magician Irish Witchcraft and Demonology Practitioners of Magic & Witchcraft and Clairvoyance Mary Schweidler, the Amber Witch Sidonia, the Sorceress La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages Tales & Legends: Witchcraft & Second Sight in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland Witch Stories Studies: The Witch Mania The Witch-cult in Western Europe Witchcraft and Superstitious Record in the South-Western District of Scotland Modern Magic Witchcraft in America: Salem Trials: The Wonders of the Invisible World Salem Witchcraft Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather A Short History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Trials An Account of the Witchcraft Delusion at Salem in 1682 House of John Procter, Witchcraft Martyr, 1692 Studies: The Salem Witchcraft, the Planchette Mystery, and Modern Spiritualism The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut (1647-1697) Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism On Witchcraft: Glimpses of the Supernatural – Witchcraft and Necromancy Letters On Demonology And Witchcraft

The Mythology and History of Witchcraft

By Frederick George Lee,E. Lynn Linton,Howard Williams,Walter Scott,Jules Michelet,M. Schele de Vere,John Ashton,William Godwin,W. H. Davenport Adams,Charles Mackay,George Moir,John G. Campbell,John Maxwell Wood,Bram Stoker,Wilhelm Meinhold,Cotton Mather,Increase Mather,Charles Wentworth Upham,M. V. B. Perley,James Thacher,William P. Upham,Samuel Roberts Wells,John M. Taylor,Allen Putnam
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 5971
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 949
  • Pdf File: the-mythology-and-history-of-witchcraft.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This meticulously edited collection on witchcraft is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents: Introduction to Witchcraft: The Superstitions of Witchcraft by Howard Williams The Devil in Britain and America by John Ashton Witchcraft in Europe: History of Magic and Witchcraft: Magic and Witchcraft Lives of the Necromancers Witch, Warlock, and Magician Practitioners of Magic & Witchcraft and Clairvoyance Mary Schweidler, the Amber Witch Sidonia, the Sorceress La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages Tales & Legends: Witchcraft & Second Sight in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland Witch Stories Studies: The Witch Mania Witchcraft and Superstitious Record in the South-Western District of Scotland Modern Magic Witchcraft in America: The Wonders of the Invisible World Salem Witchcraft Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather A History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Trials An Account of the Witchcraft Delusion at Salem in 1682 House of John Procter, Witchcraft Martyr, 1692 Studies: The Salem Witchcraft, the Planchette Mystery, and Modern Spiritualism by Samuel Roberts Wells The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut (1647-1697) by John M. Taylor Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism by Allen Putnam On Witchcraft: Glimpses of the Supernatural – Witchcraft and Necromancy by Frederick George Lee Letters On Demonology And Witchcraft by Sir Walter Scott

The History of Witchcraft in Europe

By John Ashton,William Godwin,Howard Williams,Frederick George Lee,Walter Scott,Jules Michelet,M. Schele de Vere,W. H. Davenport Adams,Charles Mackay,George Moir,Margaret Murray,St. John D. Seymour,John G. Campbell,John Maxwell Wood,Bram Stoker,E. Lynn Linton,Wilhelm Meinhold
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 4005
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 255
  • Pdf File: the-history-of-witchcraft-in-europe.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Witchcraft in Europe was believed to be a combination of sorcery and heresy. While sorcery attempts to produce negative supernatural effects through formulas and rituals, heresy is the Christian contribution to witchcraft in which an individual makes a pact with the Devil. In addition, heresy denies witches the recognition of important Christian values such as baptism, salvation, Christ and sacraments. In Early Modern European tradition, witches were stereotypically, though not exclusively, women. European pagan belief in witchcraft was associated with the goddess Diana and dismissed as "diabolical fantasies" by medieval Christian authors. Witch-hunts first appeared in large numbers during the 14th and 15th centuries. It was commonly believed that individuals with power and prestige were involved in acts of witchcraft and even cannibalism. Table of Contents: The Superstitions of Witchcraft by Howard Williams The Devil in Britain and America by John Ashton Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin Witch, Warlock, and Magician by W. H. Davenport Adams The Witch Mania by Charles Mackay Magic and Witchcraft by George Moir Witchcraft & Second Sight in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland by John G. Campbell Witchcraft and Superstitious Record in the South-Western District of Scotland by John Maxwell Wood Practitioners of Magic & Witchcraft and Clairvoyance by Bram Stoker Witch Stories by E. Lynn Linton Mary Schweidler, the Amber Witch by Wilhelm Meinhold Sidonia, the Sorceress by Wilhelm Meinhold Glimpses of the Supernatural – Witchcraft and Necromancy by Frederick George Lee Letters On Demonology And Witchcraft by Sir Walter Scott La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages by Jules Michelet Modern Magic by M. Schele de Vere

The History of Witchcraft in America

By Howard Williams,Frederick George Lee,M. Schele de Vere,Cotton Mather,Increase Mather,Charles Wentworth Upham,M. V. B. Perley,James Thacher,William P. Upham,Samuel Roberts Wells,John M. Taylor,Allen Putnam
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 2032
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 681
  • Pdf File: the-history-of-witchcraft-in-america.pdf

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British Colonies on the east coast of North American continent had been settled by religious refugees seeking to build a pure, Bible-based society. They lived closely with the sense of the supernatural and they intended to build a society based on their religious beliefs. That is what caused numerous quarrels, troubles and accusations among which the witchcraft was quite common and the most dangerous. While witch trials had begun to fade out across much of Europe by the mid-17th century, they continued in the American Colonies. The earliest recorded witchcraft execution in America was in 1647 in Connecticut. The witch hunt in American Colonies culminated with the Salem Trials when over 200 people were accused, and 19 of whom were found guilty and executed by hanging. This collection contains books that depict the history of witchcraft and witch trials in the USA. Introduction: The Superstitions of Witchcraft by Howard Williams Witchcraft in America: The Wonders of the Invisible World by Cotton Mather and Increase Mather Salem Witchcraft by Charles Wentworth Upham Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather by Charles Wentworth Upham A Short History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Trials by M. V. B. Perley An Account of the Witchcraft Delusion at Salem in 1682 by James Thacher House of John Procter, Witchcraft Martyr, 1692 by William P. Upham The Salem Witchcraft, the Planchette Mystery, and Modern Spiritualism by Samuel Roberts Wells The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut (1647-1697) by John M. Taylor Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism by Allen Putnam