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Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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, 185 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by McFarland & Company (first published January 1st 2012)
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Marge Simon
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Gerry Huntman
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
mad mags
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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, includin
Shannon Gambino
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jason Brawn
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent couldn't put it down. ...more
John J Questore
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've been FaceBook friends with Greg for a while now and love his work (both his written word and his artwork). An ARC of Dark Screams (published by Cemetery Dance Publications) recently exposed me to the mind of Lisa Morton. Rocky Wood, well, if you don't know who he is (was), you have no business reading anything in the horror genre. So, when I found out that the three of these brilliant people collaborated on a graphic novel - wild horses couldn't keep me away from getting my hands on a copy; ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Frank Errington
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Men are assholes
Women are repressed
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you don't like boring history books then this is a good alternative. But only if you are interested in the history of witches and witch hunting. This picturesque/graphic novel will take you through the timeline of how the accusations began and how they were used as a means of stealing property and getting rid of those they didn't want to deal with.
Perhaps some of them just got very into torturing others as well. There is a lot to be learned here. The graphics may make you squirm a little but
Scott Tyson
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, kindle
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.
Dana Wright
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book!
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant non-fiction graphic novel, telling the history of witch-hunts through the ages. Full review being written.
Anna From Gustine
This is an intense book with intense artwork. However, it's the artwork that truly depicts the horror of what happened during this particular course of history. It's easy to detach when there are only words to read, but when you see the depictions of the variety of victims (mostly women, but some men too - all disliked or outcast in some way)...well, it's effective.

However, the words work here too. Whether intentionally or not, the authors draw a distinct thread through these hysterias and perse
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well-done brief history of ‘The Burning Times’. The illustration style reflects the dark and stark reality of the times.
Brendan M.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
I may or may not go back and finish this but this is easily one of the worst books I've ever read and I can't believe it won a Stoker award. What misogynist, exploitative trash. ...more
Laura Buller
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Greg Chapman
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