Autor/en: Malcolm Gaskill
A Seventeenth-century English Tragedy.
Hodder & Stoughton General Division
24. April 2006 - kartoniert - 384 Seiten
Subtitled, "A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy". A spellbinding study of how Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, and John Sterne extended their campaign across East Anglia, driven by godly zeal. Exploring the anxiety and lawlessness of the times, and cheered on by ordinary folk, they extracted confessions of satanic pacts resulting in scores of executions.
Malcolm Gaskill was born in Suffolk but grew up in Kent. He attended Cambridge University where he read History. He completed a PhD on early modern England, then taught at Keele, Belfast and APU, before becoming Director of Studies in History at Churchill College, Cambridge, in 1999.
Gives the ordinary reader a visceral sense of mid-seventeenth-century England ... satisfyingly complex Selina O'Grady, Literary Review Very highly recommended The Cauldron an 'evocative travelogue...setpieces of rich description' TLS Gaskill has become an expert on the Great British witch-hunt ... a completely readable non-fiction book on a gripping subject.' Suffolk Journal, Norfolk Journal, The Essex Magazi The incessant peculiarity of the accusations could easily make the stories told in this book seem quaint rather than horrific. But Gaskill avoids this trap by describing each case in a vivid manner, making one aware at all times of the human tragedy. His description of a hanging, for instance could leave no reader unmoved Craig Brown, Book of the Week, Mail on Sunday It is a riveting subject, engagingly told, and worth a read. Catholic Herald The book is a timely warning for those who think that witch trials are a matter of history. The Times This is a terrible tale marvellously told ... This is how history should be known. the oldie He's a very lucid and human writer, very good at setting the social context, helping you understand how the phenomenon of witchfinders came out of the dislocation of the civil war. Independent on Sunday Gaskill tells the story of the witch-hunt in full and accurate detail, for the first time, and with uncommon skill ... His book is both a solid contribution to knowledge and a splendid example of history as gripping literature Ronald Hutton, Independent Malcolm Gaskill patiently untangles the history of East Anglian witchcraft Guardian 'Lucid and humane' Hilary Mantel Written with sympathy, respect and deep human understanding. The Sunday Times Wonderfully detailed, well-written and judicious ... tragic yet fascinating Daily Telegraph A must ... a lucid companion piece to the classic horror movie Witchfinder General. Guardian A brilliant new study ... In the vivid three-dimensionality of its dramatis personae, the eloquence of its writing, and the richness of its evocations of vanished worlds of landscape and belief ... Gaskill displays a masterly wizardry all his own John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph 'A splendid example of history as gripping literature.' Independent 'Fascinating' Daily Mail 'Superb, chilling' - Alastair Sooke Daily Telegraph 'A sophisticated examination of East Anglia's mania in the 1640s' - Rosemary Goring Glasgow Herald 'A chilling history of the witch-trials' History Today 'A fascinating history of the infamous witch-hunts and their main protagonist, Matthew Hopkins. This book is easily labelled as essential for anyone with an interest in the macabre... less obviously, it's also a good expose (and timely reminder) of how large-scale tragedies can occur once the right mix of circumstances are present' Irish Times '[Gaskill's] meticulously researched book paints a vivid picture of a horrific period in English history and its causes' Lucy Land, Essex Life & Countryside