On Witchcraft

ISBN-10: 0486444139

ISBN-13: 9780486444130

Edition: 2005

Authors: Cotton Mather
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Description: In this fascinating account of witches and devils in colonial America, the famous minister of Boston's Old North Church attempts to justify his role in the Salem witch trials. His strange but engrossing book provides readers with guidelines for discovering witches, explanations of how good Christians are tempted by the devil to become the devil's consort, and methods of resisting such temptations. Written by the most famous and influential Puritan writer and scholar, this volume is essential reading for students of the Salem trials and anyone interested in early American social and cultural history. 15 woodcut illustrations.

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/23/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Cotton Mather was born on February 12, 1663 and died on February 13, 1728. He was a socially and politically influential New England Puritan minister and author. He is also remembered for his scientific role in early hybridization experiments and his stance as an early proponent of inoculation in America. Cotton Mather wrote more than 450 books and pamphlets, and his literary works made him one of the most influential religious leaders in America. Mather set the moral tone in the colonies for people to return to the theological roots of Puritanism. The most important of these, Magnalia Christi Americana (1702), comprises seven distinct books, many of which depict narratives to which later American writers, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Harriet Beecher Stowe, would look in describing the cultural significance of New England for later generations after the American Revolution. His literary works include: Boston Ephermeris, Pillars of Salt, Bonifacius, and The Christian Philosopher.

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