However, in an era when belief in superstition was obviously stronger than in actual religion (my statement, not the author's), it is hard to separate conscious malicious intent from willful self-serving psychological misperception. I find the Salem Witch Trials both fascinating and horrifying, and thus looked forward to reading this book.

Common personality conflicts, jealousies, and Puritan fear of damnation -- combined with a raw environment and threats from the French and their Native American allies -- all played roles in making Massachusetts a harsh place for English colonists, who were easily convinced that witchcraft was yet another curse. An enlightening read for our own politically divided times. 5 Notable Women Hanged in the Salem Witch Trials. The book is interesting - although it also has repetitive information. Example. In Six Women of Salem, historian and independent scholar, Marilynne K. Roach captures some of the meticulous details that have been otherwise forgotten about Bridget Bishop, Mary English, Rebecca Nurse, Ann Putnam Sr., Tituba and Mary Warren.

There are over 40 pages that are not put in the correct order. Books about the Salem Witch Trials are legion, and continue to fascinate. %PDF-1.3 Too much information was included, leaving the book, in my opinion, without the clear focus that was intended. )” The individuals involved are too often reduced to stock characters and stereotypes when accuracy is sacrificed to indignation. Roach, on the other hand, recognizes that these events didn't occur in a vacuum and she tries to give readers a sense of outside events such as Native American attacks that would've give the villagers a likely sense of fear and uncertainty in their lives.Roach's new book on the history of the Salem Witch Trials is incredibly thorough- something I both love and kind of hate about it. Do get this book if you are looking for an interesting perspective and a presentation of solid source material.

I agree with the other reviewer who said this was virtually unreadable. Book Review (Chicago Manual of Style 14.214-14.217) Note Model. This book is not put together properly. Roach's research is extensive. Roach stuck rigidly to the narrative of the six women and didn't provide much of a "big picture" look at the political and religious contexts of witchcraft at that time in history. It is in respect for this hard work and sheer scholarship that I award 'Six Women of Salem' two stars rather than one.For the author, no doubt this book is a great achievement, the culmination of a lengthy period of research. Some things that took me by surprise My rating for this is really about 3.5 stars.

I keep hoping to find mention of them in someone's research, but unfortunately, I have found very little.Every American bears the responsibility for learning about the Salem witch trials, that shameful yet fascinating stain on our national history. It was also great to learn about six specific women on both sides of the trials, and all from very different backgrounds (primary socioeconomic, but also racially, since Tituba is one of the six). can be duped and caught up in believing something is real even to the point of prosecuting, jailing, confiscating property of completely innocent people who maintain their innocence throughout even when they are about to be hung! I'd hoMy rating for this is really about 3.5 stars. Excellent work of history research. However, I read it word for work and was mesmerized. Some reviewers said they could not finish the book because of the dry prose.

While Roach does provide interesting accounts of these six women's lives and grounds the reader firmly in 17th century New England, this is a tedious and sometimes confusing read, and the "fictionalized" sections compounds the problem.

I had hoped to learn more than I did when reading this, only to find that many of the transcripts and actual historical records have disappeared and are unavailable. Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials Marilynne K. Roach. x�T�n�0��+�7��\��cS�(Z�G@E�`#n-��>��C��(�����Y�jO��'�'�����tO[�~w0�Ȕ��##�sަD�6��x�U�j�j�w��n�y��M��������(缥~��N�� As much as I felt the genealogical story was a nice touch, it fell flat. In Six Women of Salem, historian and independent scholar, Marilynne K. Roach captures some of the meticulous details that have been otherwise forgotten about Bridget Bishop, Mary English, Rebecca Nurse, Ann Putnam Sr., Tituba and Mary Warren. A trio of witches are trained to become powerful weapons for the American military. “Roach shows how thoroughly she has researched her subject…while also giving modern readers something to think about in our own days of social and political witch hunts. A lot was repetitive and could have been cut, but it was still very interesting.

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