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Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times Paperback – May 22, 2012
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"Enlightening, entertaining, and marvelously illustrated, Witch Hunts is a splendid and comprehensive guide to the Burning Times." - The Tomb of Dark Delights
"Don't mistake this as just another history book on the Salem Witch Trials. The graphic novel digs deeper into the issues with graphics and dialogue that bring the witch-hunts to life" - Digital Journal
"Wood and Morton did a lot of research for WITCH HUNTS and it shows. The novel is succinct yet informative and the accompanying artwork brings the history to life." - Colleen Wanglund, THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW
"The graphic novel digs deeper into the issues with graphics and dialogue that bring the witch-hunts to life."--Digital Journal
"This superstitious era is thoroughly examined...enlightening, entertaining, and marvelously illustrated...a splendid and comprehensive guide to the Burning Times."--The Tomb of Dark Delights
"Chapman's illustrations are gorgeous...do yourself a favor and pick up this absolutely stunning nonfiction graphic novel, it is eye opening and meticulously presented. It will linger with you long after you put it down and I give it my highest recommendation."--Famous Monsters of Filmland
"What is special to this graphic novel is the authors' vast, in-depth personal knowledge of their topic and subject(s). Provided in a clear and compelling voice, with stunning illustrations to help involve the reader...an engrossing, compelling book."--Shock Horror Magazine
"Wood and Morton did a lot of research...and it shows. The novel is succinct yet informative and the accompanying artwork brings the history to life."--The Horror Fiction Review
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Learn about the Malleus Maleficarum and the two "godly" men behind it. One thing I was impressed with was the end result of such witch hunts was how, through centuries, towns became too impoverished to continue, having killed off both merchants and farmers to the point where there were none left to till the fields or supply the wares needed for survival.
Hats off to authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton for scripting a marvelous and worthy graphic novel. A true "keeper" you should have on your bookshelf, if not just on your Kindle! -Marge Simon
"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." - Exodus 22:18
While the term "witch hunts" often conjures up images of the Salem Witch Trials, the truth is that those American colonists persecuted for witchcraft were but a drop in the bucket. From the mid-1300s through the 1700s, tens of thousands of people were imprisoned, tortured, and executed across Europe for the crime of heresy, including practicing witchcraft. In WITCH HUNTS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE BURNING TIMES, Rocky Wood, Lisa Morton, and Greg Chapman offer a succinct yet chilling account of the witch trials in graphic novel format.
Driven by fear, superstition, greed, and misogyny, religious and "secular" authorities alike found new and inventive ways to interrogate and kill these hapless victims, whose property was routinely confiscated and redistributed among the nobility, offering a powerful motive to accuse the innocent of consorting with the devil. In more extreme cases, this strategy backfired (or rather, progressed to its natural conclusion): entire towns were laid to waste as citizens were murdered en masse and others fled: "Finally, in 1593, the executions in Trier ended only when the city and its people were too impoverished to continue, the population had too much diminished, and food became scarce because farmers had been among those burned at the stakes." (page 86)
Likewise, misogyny was a driving force as well; a majority of those tried and executed for witchcraft were women - including Joan of Arc, who was convicted of heresy for wearing men's clothes. (After the first offense, she was imprisoned for life, as only repeat offenders could receive a death sentence.Read more ›
It isn't easy to produce a non-fiction graphic novel - how do you encapsulate complex concepts or events in graphical form, in just a few pages, if that? While a picture may represent a thousand words, will you create the right picture, or doom the reader to the wrong thousand words? How can a bundle of pages of graphics with brief phrases, truly represent the overall theme?. Well, Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton's research and words, combined with Greg Chapman's excellent craftsmanship, certainly does tick those boxes. The reading experience is emmersive, emotional, educational.
In terms of the graphics, I particularly liked the tastefulness of the product. Sexuality, particularly the predatory side, is a part of the Witch Hunt experience, alongside brutality and sadism (all, mind you, perpetrated by those persecuting alleged witches), and yet Greg Chapman is careful in terms of how much graphic violence is portrayed - without losing the sense of what was happening. Kudos to him.
The narration, stemming from the research, is clear and concise, and equally importantly, is consistent from start to finish in terms of style. A dimension that I appreciated was the clarity of the moral message coming from the writers - this was a despicable period and it was more than just a matter of superstitious fear, it was also entwined with greed, avarice and misogyny. It was important to call a spade a spade.
As you can tell by my spiel, I really enjoyed the work, and because it is so crammed with interesting history, it is a book I can refer back to, and reread with pleasure.
A well deserved 5 stars, and worthy of winning awards.
What I saw was really nothing more than an essay of material on witch hunting in the US and Europe coupled with some exceptional line-art from Chapman to bring the text to life.
I realize this is a work of non-fiction, but I don't think that necessarily means it has to be droll. If you're looking for facts on witch-hunting, they're here, but if you're looking to be entertained you might want to look elsewhere.
Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times is available as a Trade Paperback from McFarland, as well as from Amazon.
Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times
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Where to start with this one? I had expected a graphic depiction of the Salem with trials or something like that but in reality, it's like reading an encyclopedia on witch trials... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Fuzzy
I've been FaceBook friends with Greg for a while now and love his work (both his written word and his artwork). Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. J. Questore
This is an excellent historical precis of witchcraft, and the infectious nature of the witch-hunt, easily digested in under two hours. Read morePublished 14 months ago by David Anderson
I enjoyed the history. I've always been curious about the witch hunts. I was not pleased with the format. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is completely unsuitable for the original Kindle. I am unable to read the print or decipher the pictures. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by terri walker
Not a regular of graphic novels, I very much enjoyed Witch Hunts. One part history lesson, but also an intriguing story unveiling the atrocities associated with the torture,... Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Scott Tyson
I guess if you like comic books.. then it might be for you.. I don't.. (really..
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History comes to life in this impressive graphic novel. The writing packs a historical punch driven by the lore surrounding the witch hunting madness throughout the world; the... Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by HodgePodge Galore
...for anyone with any interest in the Witch Trials, this is a must buy. The book should also intrigue readers of graphic novels that fancy something a bit more unique than the... Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by Daniel I Russell