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Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times

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For nearly three centuries, as the Black Death rampaged through Europe and the Reformation tore the Church apart, tens of thousands were arrested as witches and subjected to trial, torture, and execution, including being burned alive. This graphic novel examines the background; the methods of the witch-hunters; who stood to profit; the brave few who protested; and how the ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 30th 2012 by McFarland & Company (first published January 1st 2012)
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Marge Simon
This brilliant graphic novel examines the history of "witches" from 775 A.D. to the present. You'll find much to appreciate, and I promise you'll be edified --if not downright horrified at the persecution (particularly aimed at women) over the centuries for colluding with Satan. Such persecution, from unspeakable tortures to burning at the stake is painstakingly illustrated by the talented Greg Chapman.

Learn about the Malleus Maleficarum and the two "godly" men behind it. One thing I was impres
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Peter Schwotzer
I have been fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials since I first heard about them as a child. I did reports and term papers on them in school along with the Crusades, the real Dracula etc. Anything that contained a hint of mystery, magic and the macabre was fodder for my ever burgeoning imagination, much to the detriment of the teachers that had to read and grade these. I am sure some of them thought I was deranged or well on my way to becoming a serial killer.

Through my research for the Salem Wit
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Jason Brawn
Excellent couldn't put it down.
Gerry Huntman
When I purchased this book I was looking forward to read it, as the subject matter was one I had an interest in, and I haven't read a graphic novel in a long while. It was pleasurable to find that Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, exceeded both my cravings.

It isn't easy to produce a non-fiction graphic novel - how do you encapsulate complex concepts or events in graphical form, in just a few pages, if that? While a picture may represent a thousand words, will you create the ri
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Shannon Gambino
History comes to life in this impressive graphic novel. The writing packs a historical punch driven by the lore surrounding the witch hunting madness throughout the world; the illustrations transport the reader to the trials and punishments of those condemned of witchcraft. The Salem Witch Trials are highly publicized in history books; however, Witch Hunts delves deeper into lesser known witchcraft condemnations throughout Europe. Most of the stories are in chronological order with each illustra ...more
Lonnie
While I am vaguely familiar with the history of witch hunting, I never fully grasped the misogynistic aspect or the sheer motivation of greed and thirst for power(political and religious). This graphic history whetted my appetite to delve into it further. It is an excellent primer to those interested in learning about the history. Yes, a graphic novel that encouraged me to finish it in one sitting and walk away with more knowledge than a two hour movie and still be entertained. The illustrations ...more
Trish
Jan 28, 2014 Trish rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
A very good book. I have learnt so much reading Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times. As quite a strong Feminist, it was sometimes quite distressing to read and I did have tears well up at some point, as one does when reading anything so shocking. I was taken aback in one part, as I personally have a strawberry mark on the back of my neck, so if I was born in those times, I would be considered a witch and tortured and burned at the stake.

Congratulations to the authors, Rocky Wood
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Chantale Canadian Book Addict
I didn't really know much about witch hunting but I when I saw this graphic novel I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

It isn't for everyone. There is some nudity so if you aren't into reading graphic novels with nudity then I suggest you do not read this one but if you are like me and nudity in books/movies/tv doesn't bother you than I highly recommend this good graphic novel. Also some of the illustrations are a gruesome but personally that doesn't bother me either.

This is dark, interes
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Frank Errington
I actually had high hopes for this project and 3 of 5 Stars means I liked it, but it failed to live up to my expectations. After all, when you have two Stoker Award winning authors in Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, as well as, upcoming Australian writer and illustrator, Greg Chapman, you have to expect the best.

What I saw was really nothing more than an essay of material on witch hunting in the US and Europe coupled with some exceptional line-art from Chapman to bring the text to life.

I realize thi
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Michael
An interesting exploration of the history of witch hunting throughout the world. This is a good primer for someone who wants a broad survey of the places, times, and people involved in the witch trials. That artwork is creepy, which only lends to the atmosphere of the book.
Laura Buller
Aug 05, 2014 Laura Buller rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Few (nudity)
Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times,
Rocky Woods, Lisa Morton, Greg Chapman
By Laura Buller
August 5, 2014


This graphic novel was different and interesting in that it is a non-fiction graphic novel; I enjoy history. We quite often think of the Salem Witch Trials when we hear the term ‘witch hunts;’ however, this portrayal of witch hunts goes much farther and presents a controversial issue from a wider perspective, including the thousands of individuals in Europe who were tortured a
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Scott Tyson
Not a regular of graphic novels, I very much enjoyed Witch Hunts. One part history lesson, but also an intriguing story unveiling the atrocities associated with the torture, indictment and burning of witches throughout history. Not to mention the incredible artwork on every page from the talented Greg Chapman.
And with the recent Stoker win added to its credibility, Witch Hunts comes highly recommended.
Geoff
Brilliant non-fiction graphic novel, telling the history of witch-hunts through the ages. Full review being written.
Kelly
Season of the Witch

(Full disclosure: The publisher sent me a free copy of this book for review at my request.)

"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." - Exodus 22:18

While the term "witch hunts" often conjures up images of the Salem Witch Trials, the truth is that those American colonists persecuted for witchcraft were but a drop in the bucket. From the mid-1300s through the 1700s, tens of thousands of people were imprisoned, tortured, and executed across Europe for the crime of heresy, including
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Greg Chapman
Nov 02, 2014 Greg Chapman added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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