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Witches And Witch Hunts
Famous for his coverage of controversial subjects, Milton Meltzer explores the devastation that witch-hunts have caused throughout history and uncovers the truth behind the frenzy, prejudice, and discrimination.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Blue Sky Press
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This book gives accounts of witches and witch-hunts around the world. People believed that witches were working closely with the devil, and the religious climate in most places forbade any dealings with evil. Many of the accounts are well documented for the trials were considered legal matters. Victims range from ages eighty to age six and both men and women are among the accused. Events occurred in Germany, throughout America and Africa. The author discusses how witch-hunts have transformed, fr ...more
My overall experience with this book was pleasing. I have gained more knowledge than I had originally anticipated to on the subject of witches.From the late middle ages to around the late 18th century, religion drove the world. Much of what was believed to be evil on this earth was usually said to be a doing of witches. Many witch hunts occured in this time period due to the fact that everyone wanted an explanation for why awful occurances happened, this is where the witches come in. Throught t ...more
Written in a conversational tone, I felt that this book by Milton Meltzer offered a basic history through the ages and across the world about witch hunting. The terrifying and saddening search for people who were accused of satanism and workers of evil magic, it was definitely an informative read. The splices of stories and information of how thousands upon thousands were tortured, and or killed, was maddening. There wasn't one specific figure of witch craft that was a central focus for the book ...more
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If you want to learn more about the days of Witchcraft Trials and Persecution, this book is definitely informative without shoving facts down your throat. It's clearly written for younger readers, but as an adult I'd recommend this to any of my adult friends wanting a little taste of the Salem Witch Trials. This book also makes some really good points about modern day witch-hunting. A parallel can even be drawn to today's day and age with the rampant racism and anti-Muslim sentiments. As this bo ...more
Witches and Witch Hunts at first was a book I was going to read for laughs and giggles, but then I suddenly became open-minded and learned a little more about the Salem Witch Trials in English class which caused me to enjoy the book more than I thought I would. Witches and Witch Hunts has a scary, mysterious, dark, yet historical feel as it explains popular scenarios involving witches around the globe. Since the book is sort of broken down its hard to summarize it in one, but basically it points ...more
This book is a brief but excellent look at the historical, social, behavioral and psychological roots of the persecution of witches, both in general and in specific cases; how and why witch-hunts begin and take root; and other forms witch hunts have taken, such as the Holocaust or McCarthyism. It was very informative, and the thing that really cinched it for me was that the author took time to explain at the end the difference between accused "satanic" witches of antiquity and modern Pagan witch ...more
This book was the catalyst for my obsession with the odd and my interest in history starting in 4th grade. Reexamining this book as an adult was even better. I loved that the book didn't just focus on Salem, but really delved into the influence of witches in art and history.
Milton Meltzer has written 110 books, five of which were nominated for the National Book Award. With Langston Hughes, he co-authored A Pictorial History of Black Americans, now in its sixth edition. He received the 2001 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his contribution to children's literature, the 1986 Jane Addams Peace Association Children's Book Award, and the 2000 Regina Medal. He lives in New Y ...moreMore about Milton Meltzer...