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Detestable and Wicked Arts: New England and Witchcraft in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Paul B. Moyer


This book places early New England's battle against black magic in a transatlantic perspective. The book provides an accessible and comprehensive examination of witch prosecutions in the Puritan colonies that discusses how their English inhabitants understood the crime of witchcraft, why some people ran a greater risk of being accused of occult misdeeds, and how gender intersected with witch-hunting. Focusing on witchcraft cases in New England between roughly 1640 and 1670, the book highlights ties between witch-hunting in the New and Old Worlds. Informed by studies on witchcraft in early mode ... More

Keywords: New England, black magic, witch prosecutions, Puritan colonies, witchcraft, occult, witch-hunting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501751059
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501751059.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul B. Moyer, author
SUNY Brockport