An introduction to the life of peter charles the devils disciples hoffer

He brings to life a set of conversations--in taverns and courtrooms, at home and work--which took place among suspected witches, accusers, witnesses, and spectators. Many suspects languished in jail for months.

And why did the incidents of Salem occur where and when they did? Downing - Books and Culture "In this fascinating and well-researched study, Peter Charles Hoffer examines the events at Salem in both their social and legal contexts He reveals that grand juries demanded more tangible evidence of witchcraft that the assertions of afflicted adolescent girls before issuing indictments.

The Devil's Disciples: The Makers of the Salem Witchcraft Trials

Why were certain persons accused and condemned while others were not? How could a settled community turn so viciously against itself? The accusations, denials, and confessions of this legal story eventually resurrect the tangled internal tensions that lay at the bottom of the Salem witch hunts.

Many suspects languished in jail for months. Add to basket Add to wishlist Description Mention the term witch hunt, and Salem, Massachusetts, springs to mind-and with it the power of superstition, the danger of mob mentality, and our natural fear of gross injustice.

Tell a friend about this book Hoffer then demonstrates that, in determining the guilt of the accused, the tr He brings to life a set of conversations-in taverns and courtrooms, at home and work-which took place among suspected witches, accusers, witnesses, and spectators.

Hundreds were accused of practicing witchcraft. Approaching the subject as a legal and social historian, Peter Charles Hoffer offers a fresh look at the Salem outbreak based on recent studies of panic rumors, teen hysteria, child abuse, and intrafamily relations.

For more than a year, between January and Maythe men and women of Salem village lived in heightened fear of witches and their master, the Devil. He brings to life a set of conversations—in taverns and courtrooms, at home and work—which took place among suspected witches, accusers, witnesses, and spectators.

You cannot wait to see what happens next, even though the verdicts were passed in Many suspects languished in jail for months. And why did the incidents of Salem occur where and when they did? For more than a year, between January and Maythe men and women of Salem village lived in heightened fear of witches and their master, the Devil.

He reveals that grand juries demanded more tangible evidence of witchcraft that the assertions of afflicted adolescent girls before issuing indictments. Neighbors turned against neighbors, children informed on their parents, and ministers denounced members of their congregations.

The accusations, denials, and confessions of this legal story eventually resurrect the tangled internal tensions that lay at the bottom of the Salem witch hunts.

Anyone interested in history of American culture or the development of the legal system will enjoy this book. Why were certain persons accused and condemned while others were not? And why did the incidents of Salem occur where and when they did?

The accusations, denials, and confessions of this legal story eventually resurrect the tangled internal tensions that lay at the bottom of the Salem witch hunts.

How could a settled community turn so viciously against itself? And why did the incidents of Salem occur where and when they did? Approaching the subject as a legal and social historian, Peter Charles Hoffer offers a fresh look at the Salem outbreak based on recent studies of panic rumors, teen hysteria, child abuse, and intrafamily relations.

He reveals that grand juries demanded more tangible evidence of witchcraft that the assertions of afflicted adolescent girls before issuing indictments. It is a bright, well-informed study. Hundreds were accused of practicing witchcraft.

Neighbors turned against neighbors, children informed on their parents, and ministers denounced members of their congregations. It reads like a good novel in that you cannot wait to see what happens next, even though the verdicts were passed in How could a settled community turn so viciously against itself?

Hundreds were accused of practicing witchcraft. Professor Peter Charles Hoffer "A superb legal scholar, Hoffer provides an excellent discussion of the procedures and evidence used in the trials.Mar 10,  · -- Mike McGiffert, Editor * William and Mary Quarterly * A welcome recent edition is Peter Charles Hoffer's The Devil's Disciples (), which offers biographical and historical contexts while /5(14).

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The Devil's Disciples

More essays like this: peter hoffer, the devil's disciples, oppressed puritan beliefs. Not sure what I'd do without @Kibin - Alfredo Alvarez, student @ Miami University. The Devil's Disciples is a well-reasoned overview of the Salem Witch Trials by Peter Charles Holfer.

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It is easy to read and there are times when Holfer gives a very good picture at what life would have like in Salem Village in the s/5. - The Disciples The disciples were followers of Jesus; they learned from him and preached the word of God. They tried to be as God like as they possibly could and did many good things.

The first disciples were called whilst they were working. They all worked as fisherman in Galilee. "A superb legal scholar, Hoffer provides an excellent discussion of the procedures and evidence used in the trials.

He reveals that grand juries demanded more tangible evidence of witchcraft that the assertions of afflicted adolescent girls before issuing indictments.

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