9780230623873

The Devil of Great Island Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230623873

  • ISBN10:

    0230623875

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-04-15
  • Publisher: Griffin
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Summary

In 1682, ten years before the infamous Salem witch trials, the town of Great Island, New Hampshire, was plagued by mysterious events: strange, demonic noises; unexplainable movement of objects; and hundreds of stones that rained upon a local tavern and appeared at random inside its walls. Town residents blamed what they called "Lithobolia" or "the stone-throwing devil." In this lively account, Emerson Baker shows how witchcraft hysteria overtook one town and spawned copycat incidents elsewhere in New England, prefiguring the horrors of Salem. In the process, he illuminates a cross-section of colonial society and overturns many popular assumptions about witchcraft in the seventeenth century.

Author Biography

Emerson W. Baker teaches history at Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts. He lives in York, Maine.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Principal Charactersp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The First Stone Is Castp. 7
Evil Thingsp. 15
The Waltonsp. 33
The Neighbors from Hellp. 47
Fences and Neighborsp. 63
Neighbors and Witchesp. 81
Great Island's Great Matterp. 101
The Mason Family Stakes Its Claimp. 125
The Spread of Lithoboliap. 155
To Salemp. 177
Epiloguep. 203
Notesp. 209
Indexp. 231
Acknowledgementsp. 241
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