The Enemy Within : A Short History of Witch-Hunting
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.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 138 x 212 x 20mm | 299.37g
- 29 Sep 2009
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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
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.