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Witches (Horrible Histories Handbooks) Paperback – April 5, 2010

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  • Series: Horrible Histories Handbooks
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (April 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407114662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407114668
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,520,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Witches were usually "evil" in fairy tales and at Halloween but Terry reveals how in reality, many were just women who had been brutalized by their society so they were "different". In the "days of yore" a beautiful young girl was either sold by her father to the richest and often much older bidder or kidnapped by a thug and forced into a life of slavery. Sadly this still occurs in many parts of the world today. Often when their usually much older "owners" or rapists died and left them some property, the newly single woman could then become prey to other greedy men. Some of these widows had become mentally ill due to their mistreatment and some of them had poisoned their tormentors in revenge. If some of the greedy men connived their ways to become "religious" leaders, then they could brand the propertied woman a "witch", then torture her to death and steal her property. This book reveals the mistreatment and outright persecution of half of the human race by a few "holy leaders" and how they got the rest of their societies to go along with their twisted avarice. Terry writes with tongue in cheek so the grief is grimly bearable but even though I am a grown man, I cried when reading this book.
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