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WITCH HUNTS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE BURNING TIMES by HWA Member Rocky Wood, Lisa Morton (authors) and Greg Chapman (illustrator)


Author: Rocky Wood, Lisa Morton (authors) and Greg Chapman (illustrator)

For nearly three centuries, as the Black Death rampaged through Europe and the Reformation tore the Church apart, tens of thousands were arrested as witches and subjected to trial, torture, and execution, including being burned alive. This graphic novel examines the background; the methods of the witch hunters; who stood to profit; the brave few who protested; and how the trials finally faded as Enlightenment replaced fear and superstition with reason and science. The book examines famed witch hunters Heinrich Kramer, architect of the infamous Malleus Maleficarum; Matthew Hopkins, Englandâ s notorious â Witchfinder Generalâ ; King James I, supposedly the target of assassination by a Scottish coven; the Salem Witch Trials; and the last witch trials and executions in Europe.

TOC: Table of Contents

    I. Before the Trials 1
    II. The Trials Begin 9
    III. The First Witch Hunter 17
    IV. The Contagion Spreads 24
    V. Joan of Arc 31
    VI. The Trials in Arras 41
    VII. The Hammer of Witches 47
    VIII. Witchcraft and the Reformation 80
    IX. The Trials in Wurzburg 89
    X. King James and the North Berwick Trials 97
    XI. Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General 126
    XII. The Salem Witch Trials 136
    XIII. The Frenzy Fades 160

    Bibliography 185

“The graphic novel digs deeper into the issues with graphics and dialogue that bring the witch-hunts to life” – Digital Journal

Publisher: McFarland and Company Incorporated, Publishers

Release_Date: 07/30/2012

ISBN_10: 0786466553

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