The Salem Witch Trials of 1692-1693 were by far the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in American history. Yet Salem was just one of many incidents during the Great Age of Witch Hunts which took place throughout Europe and her colonies over many centuries. Indeed, by European standards, Salem was not even a large outbreak. But what exactly were the factors that made Salem stand out?

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The Salem Witch Trials of 1692-1693 were by far the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in American history. Yet Salem was just one of many incidents during the Great Age of Witch Hunts which took place throughout Europe and her colonies over many centuries. Indeed, by European standards, Salem was not even a large outbreak. But what exactly were the factors that made Salem stand out?

5 Facts About the Real Salem Witch Hunt

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"Nurse House, Danvers" illustration published in The New England Magazine Volume 5 circa 1892. #salemwitchtrials

Timeline of the Salem Witch Trials

"Nurse House, Danvers" illustration published in The New England Magazine Volume 5 circa 1892. #salemwitchtrials

When you need to get the real story about some of history's most fascinating women, call Stacy Schiff. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's work includes Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) and Cleopatra: A Life. In her highly anticipated new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, Schiff focuses on an infamous and dark period of American history, especially as it relates to women: the Salem witch trials.

When you need to get the real story about some of history's most fascinating women, call Stacy Schiff. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's work includes Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) and Cleopatra: A Life. In her highly anticipated new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, Schiff focuses on an infamous and dark period of American history, especially as it relates to women: the Salem witch trials.

The Rebecca Nurse Memorial was dedicated by Nurse's descendants, The Nurse Family Association, in the family cemetery at Nurse's Danvers home in 1885

The Trial of Rebecca Nurse

The Rebecca Nurse Memorial was dedicated by Nurse's descendants, The Nurse Family Association, in the family cemetery at Nurse's Danvers home in 1885

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I'm not hereditary, but I still love this! - Heather Scott OMG JESS THIS HAS INSPIRED A NEW BOOK.

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