A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials

A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials

by Frances Hill

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During the bleak winter of 1692 in the rigid Puritan community of Salem Village, Massachusetts, a group of young girls began experiencing violent fits, allegedly tormented by Satan and the witches who worshipped him. From the girls' initial denouncing of an Indian slave, the accusations soon multiplied. In less than two years, nineteen men and women were hanged, one was pressed to death, and over a hundred others were imprisoned and impoverished.

This evenhanded and now-classic history illuminates the horrifying episode with visceral clarity, from the opportunistic Putnam clan, who fanned the crisis to satisfy personal vendettas and greed, to four-year-old "witch" Dorcas Good, who was chained to a dank prison wall in darkness till she went mad. By placing the distant period of the Salem witch trials in the larger context of more contemporary eruptions of mass hysteria and intolerance, the author has created a work as thought-provoking as it is emotionally powerful.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149733644
Publisher: Tantor eBooks
Publication date: 07/09/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 555,520
File size: 998 KB

About the Author

Frances Hill, an accomplished journalist and novelist, has written The Salem Witch Trials Reader and Deliverance from Evil. She lives in London but visits the United States regularly, spending every summer in Connecticut.

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A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school student sophomore, who had been assigned to do a research on the Salem Witch Trials. I personally enjoyed the book for various reasons.  One of the many reason was the imagery Frances Hill was able to provide through the description of torture found in the trials.  In addition I was a very big fan of all the wickedness that took place during this time period. I also enjoyed reading the different cases of people that were claimed by society of being a witch. Each case brought their own story line that connected with witchcraft and a new opening to see exactly what made them stand out from the rest of society.  The religion Puritan played a big part in this book. It is their point of views that cause there to be conflict to start with.  As much as I loved this book there were downfalls as well. One of the down falls was that the book did go into depth with the history of the house structure and the history of the town. I found this to be useless information. Another down fall to this book was knowing that people had to suffer when they were accused. My heart went out to the daughter of Sarah Good. Dorcas Good was one of the many people who eventually lost their sanity and became broken inside out. Dorcas was only four years old. I really recommended this book if you’re interested in the topic or want to read something just for fun. Reading this book you will learn about the Salem Witch Trials as much as the Puritans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a sophomore, high school student. I was assigned to do research on the Salem Witch Trials. I chose this topic, because I knew nothing about this historical event. I can now safely say I know a good amount of information about this topic. Francis Hill, the author, explains the events which occurred during the Salem Witch Trials, very well. She not only includes events that occurred, she also includes her own personal theories and theories of other book writers. She also gives a fair amount of background information. When reading this book you are given a clear understanding on the events regarding The Salem Witch Trials. Francis Hill’s form of writing is easy to understand. I think this book is a good read, especially for a research project. Due to the abundance of information, she provides the reader. She is descriptive, which allows the reader to paint a picture of the events. The descriptiveness makes it harder for the reader to put the book down. I recommend this book to those interested of this topic, it is very beneficial. Its an interesting to learn about.
AlexisAr More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore student and A Delusion of Satan written by Frances Hill was well written and organized. I liked how she made all her findings backed up with evidence and explained thoroughly the events that were going on throughout the trials. Hill made every character described in a way that will make me remember their names because a lot of people were involved. In the beginning of the novel she did not just jump to the event but gave an explanation of how it all started and background information of not only the setting of where it took place but also the religions and they way families behaved. She gave a picture of the map of Salem Village during 1962 and its surrounding areas. I also liked the fact of how all the events that were going on were dated because it made it easier for me to know what day it was happening and how long or close each incident was. Hill gave a great explanation of the Puritans and their thoughts of the devil and how they took their religion seriously. She added pictures which was really great because it showed me a better look on how things were like and they were all captioned so I would know what it was and when it was take. On the last couple of pages she listed the key persons involved giving details of each person. It also had an index so that we wouldn’t have a hard time skimming through the book for pieces of information we needed. This book was not boring for me and I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to others who are interested in this topic or event.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for a research project. When I first opened the book and read the first three pages it wasn't very interesting, but as I continued to read it I got fascinated into the story. The author really paints a picture of the trial and goes into depth of what happens. This book describes the lifestyle of the Puritans and their culture and beliefs which really ties in the entire book. It is also in my opinion an easy read not hard to comprehend and there isn't difficult vocabulary in the book. Of all the books i could've read on the Salem Witch Trail, I'm glad I read this one and hopefully you are too. I recommend you read this book if you're into scary and supernatural things and if you want the full story of the Salem Witch Trials
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and I had to read this book for a research project. I genuinely did like the book as it provided more than enough information on the Salem Witch Trials. The book included a brief history of the Puritans and Salem Village. It also included a glossary and timeline that provided a list of the key people during the trials. The author Frances Hill provided different viewpoints of historians as to why the trials occurred. She went into depth about how the Salem Witch Trials started and how certain factors might have influenced the Puritans. It was sad to read about the innocent who were accused because of their social standing. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school student sophomore and i was assigned to research the Salem Witch Trials. I enjoyed the book a lot. A reason why i liked this book was Frances Hill was very descriptive on the torture and scariness of the trials and death. For me i like scary and creep things like this, so this book was just for me and this topic was just for me. I also really liked this book because it was interesting to read all the different problematic things that happen tot these people and all the different trials that took place. All these different cases really tied the story together and that's why this is such a great book. Not only did the book explain the death and trials but the book explained the Puritans religion was a good key in the book. They had a really strict religion and it was good to know that and it was helpful information. That also tied into the book really well. It was sad to read about the innocent people who were put to death for nothing. I recommend this book to you if want to read a good thriller book or you just want to know more about the Salem Witch Trials.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a highschool sophomore and i chose to read this book for my research project.  It was published in the last few months of 2014, and i honestly did not expect much from it.  It was a great read, and Frances Hill really goes into depth with the trials.  In my opinion, it is one of the only books of the Salem Witch Trials that is worth your time.  Hill’s book is insightful and the story is thrilling to read.  When I first started off with this project, I didn’t know much about the subject but after reading A Delusion of Satan I was glad that I did.  Frances Hill, as it says on the cover (A Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials), she really does give the full story of the witch trials.  I recommend you read this book for the love of supernatural and to get the full story of the witch trials.  I'm glad i chose this book, and not another... it's a great read and I'm excited to be presenting about the witch trials.  I highly recommend this book in so many way.   READ IT!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school student, a sophomore, who had to do research project on the Salem Witch Trials. In my opinion, this book is both informational and not boring to read, unlike other historical books I have read. I found the descriptions of the characters' behavior very interesting to read as well. Examples would be: a tongue reaching unusual lengths and a mouth opening wide enough to misplace the joint. I love how Frances Hill provides imagery, and sensory language for her readers. Although, some readers may be frightened by these descriptions, I personally think they give a stronger sense to how the characters behaved. This is important to proving to the reader because it affected the way the Puritans viewed them in the past. The descriptions described give the Puritans a reason to believe the afflicted were bewitched and provides an understanding to the readers. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the horror genre because in many horror films there is similar behavior between the possessed characters of the film and the afflicted girls of the Salem Witch Trials. Frances Hill writes an extraordinary story of the hysteria of the mid-seventeenth hundreds where she greatly describes the important events by using views of others and of her own on the topic of the Salem Witch Trials. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project on the Salem Witch Trials. I have always been interested in thriller  books and when I chose this topic, I was immediately excited to be able to read this book. Going into this project, I did not know much about this topic but the simple facts that I was told. Once, I started reading this book, it was kind of slow by describing the main people involved and the daily life of the Abagail Williams, Betty Parris, and other girls involved. Also, it describes the culture of the Puritans in that time which is very odd since they had a very strict rule set. Later on in the book,  I was interested in the way Frances Hill describes how the details of this historical event unfolded. Hill tells it like it is a story and you are among the people instead of facts upon facts which can not be so interesting. A couple of chapters in the book, like chapter 3 and chapter 10, described how intense and how horrifying it was to be involved or to see family and close ones, being killed because they are possessed by the devil. I really suggest this book to anyone who wants to know more about the Salem Witch Trials because of the detailed facts that Hill gives in this book and it is a book that will make you want to read more.