The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut (1647-1697)

Author: John M. Taylor
Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 47,156 / 147 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.3
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 2,111
Added to site: 2005.07.01
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Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: History, Occult
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and he shall not return, and with the judges in a case he shall not take his seat.

"If a man practices brigandage and is captured, that man shall be put to death.

"If a woman hates her husband, and says: 'thou shalt not have me,' they shall inquire into her antecedents for her defects; and if she has been a careful mistress and is without reproach and her husband has been going about and greatly belittling her, that woman has no blame. She shall receive her presents and shall go to her father's house.

"If she has not been a careful mistress, has gadded about, has neglected her house and has belittled her husband, they shall throw that woman into the water.

"If a physician operates on a man for a severe wound with a bronze lancet and causes the man's death, or opens an abscess (in the eye) of a man with a bronze lancet and destroys the man's eye, they shall cut off his fingers.

"If a builder builds a house for a man and does not make its construction firm and the house, which he has built, colla

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Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
2012.03.05
Rob Reader
***..

I was attracted more by the previous review than the book. This is a somewhat interesting review of a 50 year period in early New England history in which \"good Christians\" blamed their problems on relatively defenseless women and occasionally killed them rather than deal with said problems in a rational way. Interesting but not important.

2008.01.02
Greg Homer
****.

A colorful and interesting description of a very curious time in U.S. history.

The good people of Connecticut somehow became convinced that a series of strange and bizarre events were caused by Witches.

People in that era were certainly naive, superstitious, and foolish! Today, we all know that most strange and bizarre events are caused by Wizards and Wizardesses..and sometimes Zombies.


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