Teaser Tuesdays: The Penguin Book of Witches, edited by Katherine Howe

Posted October 7, 2014 by Melissa in Teaser Tuesdays, There are Witches in the Air 2014 | 6 Comments

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading


The Book

Title:  The Penguin Book of Witches
Edited By: Katherine Howe
Age Range: Adult
Genre: Non Fiction | Witches
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: September 30th 2014
Available Formats: Paperback, E-book
Add the book: Goodreads
Buy the book: Amazon | BN |The Book Depository


Chilling real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America.

From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends. Bringing to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, this volume provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft, never failing to horrify, intrigue, and delight.

My Teaser

Martha Cory was the wife of Giles Cory and was the first woman accused whose accusation might be termed atypical. She was a full church member at a time when church membership was tantamount to respect, and meant probable membership in the elect who would advance to heaven. She was married, and not in a scandalous or volatile way. She was moneyed. Once Tituba’s confession planted the seed of the idea that there was a conspiracy in town, suspicion was then free to spread to members of the community who might otherwise have been though to be above reproach.

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6 responses to “Teaser Tuesdays: The Penguin Book of Witches, edited by Katherine Howe

  1. How interesting! I never knew a book like this existed, but it must be great for research into legends and all sorts of cool and crazy periods of history. I like that your teaser focuses on the Salem Witch Trials, which is such a well-traversed time period where I come from. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Hi Melissa,

    Whilst I am not a huge non-fiction fan, this one sounds like a great book to be able to dip in and out of, so would probably appeal to me.

    I can vividly remember studying ‘The Crucible’ for English Literature GCE many years ago now and being fascinated by accounts such as the one your teaser lines highlight from The Cory’s experiences at the hands of mob.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope that you are enjoying the book.

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