If you’ve been a regular reader of Wonders and Marvels, you know that early-modern witches have captured our odd imaginations. You’ll find a treasure trove of broomstick riders here.
The Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project is the work of Professor Ben Ray, whose research was supported in part by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia. Well worth a look for anyone interested primary documents, images, court records of this particularly dark moment in American history.
Our Book of the Week is the Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent. Kathleen is a descendant of the infamously tragic Carrier family. Her book tells the story of the Salem Witch Trials from the perspective of Martha Carrier’s young daughter. The prose is mellifluous, the characters rich, and the plot gripping. I’m not surprised that it received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.