17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials

A 17th Century Colonial New England Bibliography

This is a sometimes-annotated bibliography of the books in my personal reference library as I research 17th century colonial New England. There are a lot about the Salem witch-hunt, Puritan thought, and Anglo-Indian contact, but also a few odds and ends that make sense to me to have on hand. Please note: I do not lend books. To anyone. Most of these titles can be borrowed from any good public or university library. If you want to purchase a copy of any of these titles, I have included direct links to Amazon.com for all but a handful of out-of-print or hard-to-find local imprint titles. To print out the whole bibliography, please use the printer-friendly version to save paper.

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Abbot | Axtell | Begiebing | Boyer | Breitwieser | Briggs | Carlson | Cronon | Demos | Earhart
Francis | Gildrie | Greven | Hall | Hill | Jackson | Kramer | Lockridge | Mather | Miller
Nevins | Powell | Robinson | Rowlandson | Sewall | Starkey | Thompson | VanDerBeets | Weisman | Winslow


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  1. Kramer, Heinrich, and Sprenger, James. The Malleus Maleficarum. Translated by Montague Summers. Reprint of the 19288 edition, with introduction from the 1948 reprint. Dover: New York. 1971. Order from Amazon.com

    Originally published in 1484, "The Witches' Hammer" was the ultimate manual for witchhunters on the Continent.
  2. LaPlante, Eve. Salem Witch Judge: The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall. Harper: New York. 2007. Order from Amazon.com

    Biography of one of the judges on the Court of Oyer and Terminer by a descendant.
  3. Le Beau, Bryan, F.. The Story of the Salem Witch Trials: "We Walked in Coulds and Could Not See Our Way.". Prentice-Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ. 1998. Order from Amazon.com

    Another telling of the tale. 37 pages of endnotes and 9 pages of "selected" bibliography.
  4. Leach, Douglas Edward. Flintlock and Tomahawk: New England in King Philip's War. Parnassus: New Orleans, MA. 1958. Order from Amazon.com

    Consider the publication date of this book -- 1958 -- when reading this. The stereotypical views of the Indian culture are downright racist and offensive by today's sensibilities -- characterizing the "squaws" as "drudges" but the colonists as "industrious." Lots of comparisons of the brutality of King Philip's War to WWII.
  5. Leach, Edward Douglas. Roots of Conflict: British Armed Forces and Colonial Americans, 1677-1763. University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC. 1986. Order from Amazon.com

  6. Lepore, Jill. The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity. Alfred Knopf: New York. 1998. Order from Amazon.com

  7. Levack, Brian P., ed.. The Witchcraft Sourcebook. Routledge: New York. 2004. Order from Amazon.com

    A compendium of texts through the ages about witchcraft

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This page was last updated Feb. 15, 2009 by Margo Burns, My email address.