Accused: Fairfield's Witchcraft Trials

Accused Fairfield s Witchcraft Trials The Salem witchcraft trials of are well known However the trials that took place in Fairfield during the same time are typical of how seventeenth century New Englanders responded to fears of wit

  • Title: Accused: Fairfield's Witchcraft Trials
  • Author: Jakob Crane
  • ISBN: 9781502413819
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 are well known However, the trials that took place in Fairfield during the same time are typical of how seventeenth century New Englanders responded to fears of witchcraft About a quarter of witchcraft prosecutions resulted in conviction and execution, as most testimony given at these trials did not meet the standards set by legalThe Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 are well known However, the trials that took place in Fairfield during the same time are typical of how seventeenth century New Englanders responded to fears of witchcraft About a quarter of witchcraft prosecutions resulted in conviction and execution, as most testimony given at these trials did not meet the standards set by legal and religious authorities Unlike the witchcraft trials that spun out of control in Salem, the trials that took place in Fairfield at the same time proceeded with caution The colony s leaders were careful about what kinds of evidence could be used to render a guilty verdict, and committed to ensuring that the accused received due process of law In the final chapter of Connecticut s witchcraft proceedings, two women were tried for witchcraft, but neither was executed This book reproduces the artwork that Jakob Crane created for the exhibition Accused Fairfield s Witchcraft Trials, which was on view at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from September 2014 through January 2015 Crane s artwork and visual retelling of Fairfield s witchcraft history invites you to look at these events through the eyes of those who lived through them the men and women who feared they were being harmed by witchcraft, the women who became the targets of accusations, and the leaders and court officials who carried out the legal proceedings Crane s creative narrative allows us to learn about the complex and fascinating history of witchcraft prosecutions in colonial New England.

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