Six Women of Salem

The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (17.13 hours)
Product Number: Z100100292
Released: Jul 20, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781494520403
Narrator/s: Kate Reading
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Six Women of Salem is the first work to use the lives of a select number of representative women as a microcosm to illuminate the larger crisis of the Salem witch trials. By the end of the trials, beyond the twenty who were executed and the five who perished in prison, two hundred and seven individuals had been accused, seventy four had been "afflicted," thirty two had officially accused their fellow neighbors, and two hundred and fifty five ordinary people had been inexorably drawn into that ruinous and murderous vortex, and this doesn't include the religious, judicial, and governmental leaders. All this adds up to what the Rev. Cotton Mather called "a desolation of names." The individuals involved are too often reduced to stock characters and stereotypes when accuracy is sacrificed to indignation. And although the flood of names and detail in the history of an extraordinary event like the Salem witch trials can swamp the individual lives involved, individuals still deserve to be remembered, and, in remembering specific lives, modern audiences can benefit from such historical intimacy. By examining the lives of six specific women, Marilynne Roach shows listeners what it was like to be present throughout this horrific time and how it was impossible to live through it unchanged.

Author(s): Marilynne K. Roach
Original Publish Date: Mar 17, 2014

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Professional reviews

"Kate Reading guides listeners through this carefully documented record of the trials of six womenÑaccused and accusersÑwho were central to the Salem witch trials. The first part of the book is background regarding the six women and their status in their communities, as well as a chronology of events. Although the first part of the content is a bit tedious, it sets up the second part, which focuses on the trials, and Reading keeps the pace moving. The descriptions of the periods of imprisonment and the trials are a bit more lively. Reading creates an intimate mood that draws listeners into the lives of these women and their families as they were caught up in a travesty of justice that continues to fascinate. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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