Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692 is about a witch trial that took place in Stamford, Connecticut in 1692; the same year as the Salem Witch Trials, which are considered to be quite a dark topic of early history in America. While obviously there were some similarities between the two cases, the way in which the trials were handled differ greatly. Godbeer takes us through a well written narrative of Kate Branch, a seventeen year old girl, who made claims and accusations of being bewitched. The majority of the book is about the trial itself, and how the trial was handled. Godbeer illustrates how this trial was very difficult and tricky. Convicting someone for something supernatural, like witchcraft, is definitely a problematic and troublesome task.
Richard Godbeer, born in the UK, attended Oxford University, where he received his B.A. Five years later, in 1989, Goober went on to receive his Ph.D. from Brandeis University, in Massachusetts. Shortly after receiving his Ph.D., his first book was published, The Devil’s Dominion, which was a book about magic and religion in early New England. Since then, Godbeer has written three other books, with similar topics, including Escaping Salem. Currently, God...
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...rue story.” This book gave the complete account of the witch trial, but just in a narrative style from the perspective of a resident living in Stamford, Connecticut.
The book was organized and written exceedingly well. The book started from the very beginning, when Kate Branch was allegedly bewitched and continued all the way through the end of the trial. Godbeer was thoroughly descriptive in his writing. He provided every detail he could, to make the reader really visualize what was going on in this town in Connecticut. There were points, however, where Godbeer’s descriptions became too long and perhaps a little unnecessary. There were few instances where Godbeer would take half of a page to describe one small thing with little relevance. Nonetheless, the descriptiveness of this novel was a great addition to the narrative style and made the book fascinating to read.
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- Escaping Salem, the Other Witch Hunt of 1692 was written by Richard GodBeer. Many know about the Salem Witch Trails of 1692, however not many knew about the Witch Trials that happened in Stamford, Connecticut that same year. Richard GodBeer takes it upon himself to explain in depth the story of Kate Branch. GodBeer begins the book by describing the setting of the book, it was June in 1692 and the narrative would take place in a small town off the northern shore of Long Island. (Godbeer, 1) After the introduction of few characters one being Ebenezer Bishop, the first incident of a Witch encounter happens.... [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt]
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