By Richard S. III Ross

a long time prior to the Salem Witch trials, eleven humans have been hanged as witches within the Connecticut River Valley. the appearance of witch searching in New England used to be without delay motivated by way of the English Civil battle and the witch trials in England led by means of Matthew Hopkins, who pioneered “techniques” for analyzing witches.
This historical past examines the outbreak of witch hysteria within the Valley, targeting accusations of demonic ownership, apotropaic magic and the position of the clergy.
even supposing the hysteria used to be finally quelled through a innovative Justice of the Peace unwilling to aim witches, debts of the pains later encouraged modern writers through the Salem witch hunts. The resource of the rfile “Grounds for exam of a Witch” is identified.

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