The Witches Salem 1692 (download) by Stacy Schiff

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    This book a historical account of the Salem witch trials by an author whose prior work has been highly acclaimed turned out to be a long winded and tedious disappointment I regret the many hours I spent slogging through itSc

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    When you predicted an apocalypse you needed sooner or later to produce one Stacy Schiff attempts to provide a coherent review of an incoherent time IN 1692 THE Massachusetts Bay Colony executed fourteen women five men and two dogs for witchcr

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    I have really been into non fiction lately and this is a TOME ladies and gentlemen Impeccably researched sometimes to it's fault but fascinating and depressing at the same time I particularly loved how I could really place myself in the world

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    There’s probably no event in American history that looms so large in proportion to its size and impact than the Salem W

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    i'm still chipping away at this book but sean of the house decided he wanted to read it too so there's been a bit of a tug o war going on but as soon as he turns his back it's MINE again

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    1 star to Stacy Schiff's The Witches Salem 1692 It is rare that I cannot finish a book especially when it's on a topic that

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    From a period of time so fraught with scandal and religious ferocity Stacy Schiff is able to construct a powerful and well paced book that offers readers insight into the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 Admitting from the outset that much of the s

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    The Salem witch trials is a fascinating subject but I found this book to be a bit frustrating I had enjoyed Stacy Schiff's previous work Cleopatra and was excited when I heard she was researching the infamous witch hunt of 1692 However The Witches is maddeningly detailed and excessively footnoted and I think it's a case where Schiff couldn't see the forest for the trees The best parts of the book were Chapter 1 in which Schiff wrote a good

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    In The Witches Salem 1692 Stacy Schiff provides a thorough exposition of what happened during the Salem Massachusetts witch frenzy of 1692 The trouble seems to have begun when two young girls Abigail Williams and Betty Parris took to twitching convulsing yipping rolling around on the floor being bitten pinched and pricked by spectral creatures and so on The attention this garnered the 'afflicted' young ladies soon ins

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    It felt like this book would never end I like nonfiction I love historical nonfiction I also love details Give me lots and lots of details and send me hopping down the rabbit hole on a research adventure and I'm a happy girl What I don't like is constant repetition of said details and nearly obsessive reiteration of scant sources that makes their scantiness blazingly obvious I also don't want to hear over and over agai

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read Ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ë Stacy Schiff

Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff author of the #1 bestseller Cleopatra provides an electrifying fresh view of the Salem witch trialsThe panic began early in 1692 over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter when a minister's niece began to writhe and roar It spread uickly confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony Neighbors accused neighbors husbands accused wives parents and children one another It ended less than a year later but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to deathSpeaking loudly an. I have really been into non fiction lately and this is a TOME ladies and gentlemen Impeccably researched sometimes to it s fault but fascinating and depressing at the same time I particularly loved how I could really place myself in the world of 17th century America And it is weirdly reflective of our culture right now in some ways Where you see a whole society swept up in a fevor of attacking each other against all logic Truth was malleable and innocent people were killed It goes to show we have an amazing capacity to as a group let emotion trump logic Often to sad conseuences

review The Witches Salem 1692

The Witches Salem 1692

D emphatically adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis Along with suffrage and Prohibition the Salem witch trials represent one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history Drawing masterfully on the archives Stacy Schiff introduces us to the strains on a Puritan adolescent's life and to the authorities whose delicate agendas were at risk She illuminates the demands of a rigorous faith the vulnerability of settlements adrift from the mother country perched at a politically tumultuous time on the edge of what a visitor termed a r. 1 star to Stacy Schiff s The Witches Salem 1692 It is rare that I cannot finish a book especially when it s on a topic that I find fascinating but after multiple attempts I can t leave this sit on my night table any longer It mocks me because it has wonThe Salem Witch Trials are such an historic part of our country and I ve read numerous articles or viewed multiple TV shows or movies depicting this time period however this book fell short in capturing my attention I m sure for the right person it will have a higher ranking but I have to place it back on my shelf as a book to donate rather than truly finish A mix between reality and fantasy it is too incongruous to stay focused You go several pages focusing on a narrative describing the facts and then you are dropped into an imagination of what someone thinks a witch is doing You re given so many facts to interpret followed by creative character descriptions that you have to keep readjusting your perspective to stay on trackI think this book needs to be handled differently for me to enjoy it It s a few books in one perhaps it would have done better as 3 short stories in a single novel so that you have a creative story using the facts applied to a family for depicting what happened while separately you have a true account of what s known the good and the bad and then a third one dedicated to all the things people didn t know about this time period in AmericaI have heard good things about the author and will peruse something else she s written in the book store before committing to buying it Good luck to anyone else who takes this book on just wasn t for me About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by

read Ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ë Stacy Schiff

Emote rocky barren bushy wild woody wildernessWith devastating clarity the textures and tensions of colonial life emerge; hidden patterns subtly startlingly detach themselves from the darkness Schiff brings early American anxieties to the fore to align them brilliantly with our own In an era of religious provocations crowdsourcing and invisible enemies this enthralling story makes sense than ever The Witches is Schiff 's riveting account of a seminal episode a primal American mystery unveiled in crackling detail and lyrical prose by one of our most acclaimed historian. From a period of time so fraught with scandal and religious ferocity Stacy Schiff is able to construct a powerful and well paced book that offers readers insight into the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 Admitting from the outset that much of the stereotypical views of witches their pointy hats bubbling cauldrons warty chins and evil cackles was formulated much later by fiction writers Schiff tries to get to the core of events in colonial New England and provide the reader with everything needed to place these events in proper context Salem events took place primarily over a nine month period between January and September 1692 though the idea and persecution of witches dates well back in the colony and for centuries around the world Witchcraft of the time related strongly to the practice of allowing the devil to use one s body as a vessel for his own devices as Schiff notes contrasting greatly with the strong puritanical nature of Salem and the New England environs As such the hunting out of witches and their subseuent trials became a long standing biblical war akin to that found in the Book of Revelations on which the Puritans based their fervour From the outset Schiff provides the reader with a collection of characters both puritanical leaders and those who were agents of the Devil to play out these events both standing firm to their set of beliefs In developing the persona of the witch Schiff focusses on the blunt and honest admission by some women as well as a handful of men who agreed to turn towards the Devil for assistance in their daily lives or because they felt out of place amongst others in town The book s focus is not to exemplify the vastly generic nature of witch hunting and persecution but to show that those in Salem who were possessed had no problem admitting it Schiff mentions a few traits seen in these individuals such as the evil eye marking across the skin or a copy of a contractual agreement with the Devil usually signed in blood These traits separated the individuals from others and became the collection of foundational traits by which the religious elders judged others to be witches Schiff notes that possession or witchcraft crossed ethnic and socio economic lines as well as varied in age citing a girl of seven as being happy to admit that she is a tool of the Devil Schiff surmises that it was the extrapolation of the aforementioned traits by judicial and religious leaders that created the frenzy of false accusations and the deaths of many who attested to their innocence Familial and fraternal relationships with known or admitted witches tended to be seen as automatically guilty as well as some oddities in the person shakes birthmarks speaking oddly though the puritanical fire and brimstone proved not to weed out the guilty but to make an example for those placed before the authorities Schiff notes various forms of torture to wean out admissions which would sometimes come to offset the pain in which people were put Most readers will see like torturing prisoners those in positions of power can usually get the answers they want if the barbarism is painful enough Some trials were drawn out while others were brief affairs and reuired only a witness or two but all guilty verdicts were handled in the same way a death sentence for the convict These public executions served also to scare people into reporting others who appeared possessed or professed to doing evil acts and one can surmise that it was also to pack the pews for religious meetings Throughout the tome Schiff offers up wonderful detail of each point in the process placing events it into historical context While I might have expected of a law and order approach hunt them out and bring them to trial in the latter part of the narrative Schiff explores the different types of witches and their varied occult activities grouping individuals in this manner and on occasion referring to a person in a few chapters as their personal stories were uite complex This was definitely a scary time in colonial America and Schiff effectively portrays it without the bells and whistles of a Hollywood storyline An interesting novel that seeks to open the eyes of the reader while trying to separate fact from inevitable fictionHaving never read Schiff before I was not sure how to approach this Truth be told when the book was recommended to me I thought it would be of a fictional account of the trials with a great deal of substantiated proof a piece of historical fiction Once I realised in the early going that this was a full on historical and biographical account I was pulled into the narrative and sought to learn as much as I could Schiff admits that her research was stymied by not having the actual transcripts of the trials but simply summaries and some court documents that have lasted over three centuries To have the compendium of actual transcripts would have made for a much riveting depiction though Schiff is effective in portraying all that occurred and breathes life into those who were accused There are two things that come forth in these accounts over all others the religious might under which the colony was held at the time and the openness of those who were actually witches Schiff portrays the clash and the trials lose their muster as being a strong judicial battle to find the traitors in the midst especially since these individuals stand firm in their convictions of being strong willed agents of the Devil Schiff paces her tome out effectively trying to offer up varying perspectives of those who were brought to trial and their different accusations though since much of the narrative focussed on Salem the same characters are interspersed within seeing as it is likely that the witches would all interact on some level The attention to detail that Schiff offers is second to none and I found myself enthralled in the details though I will admit there were portions I found dry and drawn out All that being said Schiff knows how to present an effective biographical and historical piece on one of the most misunderstood short periods in time while also dispelling many of the myths that surround both witches and the trials in this small New England communityKudos Madam Schiff for this wonderful insight into this most scandalous subject Rest assured I will be coming back to read of your work soonLikehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at