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A Delusion Of Satan: The Full Story Of The Salem Witch Trials Paperback – June, 2002
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I cannot be so pleased with the introduction for the book written by Karen Armstrong, who loosely attributes the event, without the need in a three page piece to be held accountable for her statements. She attributes the incident to "an inadeguate conception of religion". The surest refutation to this is the fact that the trials were held by secular authorities, with relatively little participation by the leading clerics in the Massachusetts Bay Colony; and the fact that the trials were put to an abrupt halt on the advice of the leading colony cleric, Increase Mather, the president of Harvard College.
Since this is a rather creative narrative, I suggest you do not make it your primary source for the history of events. For that, I suggest the painstakenly detailed book "The Salem Witch TRials" by Marilynne Roach. If you use both, you may wisht to read Hill through, checking facts and opinions were necessary against Roach.
Hill presents a dignified portrait of the accused and, in my opinion, a very fair one of the accusers. Readers expecting to read about real paranormal phenomenon may be disappointed. Hill's narrative is sympathetic to the accusers while taking a careful look at their behavior and motivation. I finished the book thinking that Salem Village might have fared a lot better if Judge Danforth had taken the afflicted girls over his knee and given them a good spanking.
All in all, an excellent, informed, and thought provoking account of this tragic event that never becomes sensationalistic.