The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within : A Short History of Witch-Hunting

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With the vision of an historian and the voice of a novelist, prize-winning author John Demos explores the social, cultural and psychological roots of the scourge that is witch-hunting, both in the remote past and today. "The Enemy Within" chronicles the most prominent witch-hunts of the Western world - women and men who were targeted by suspicious neighbours and accused of committing horrific crimes by supernatural means - and shows how the fear of witchcraft has fueled recurrent cycles of accusation, persecution and purging. A unique and fascinating book, it illuminates the dark side of communities driven to rid themselves of perceived evil, no matter what the human cost.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 20mm | 299.37g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0143116339
  • 9780143116332
  • 571,596

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A searing story, and a remarkable read. Unlike most historians, Demos does not flinch from taking us up close to real characters -- Lyndal Roper, Professor Of Early Modern History, Balliol College, Oxford There is no one better qualified to tell these stories and write a general history of witch-hunting than John Demos The Boston Globe
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About John Demos

John Demos is Samuel Knight Professor of History at Yale University and the foremost scholar of early American witchcraft. He is the author of Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England and The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America.
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