The Wonders of the Invisible World, and A Farther Account of the Tryals of the …


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Here are first hand accounts, published in 1692, of the infamous "Salem Witch Trials". In addition to Mather's interpretation of the Book of Revelations (which he calls "God's last letter to the people of earth"), included are explanations of what motivates Devils, their military organization, how witches may be identified, captured, tried, and executed, and expostulating on the Devil's many devious methods for tricking otherwise intelligent people into questioning the Bible and undermining Christian authority in the new world. The sub-title of the book reads: BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE TRYALS OF SEVERAL WITCHES LATELY EXECUTED IN NEW-ENGLAND. BY COTTON MATHER, D.D., TO WHICH IS ADDED A FURTHER ACCOUNT OF THE TRYALS OF THE NEW-ENGLAND WITCHES. BY (his father), INCREASE MATHER, D.D.PRESIDENT OF HARVARD COLLEGE. A publisher's introduction for this 1892 edition calls these articles "remarkable monuments of the history of superstition". - Summary by Michele Fry (9 hr 1 min)

Chapters

01. Introduction 15:04 Read by Michele Fry
02. The Author's Defense 9:40 Read by Phil Chenevert
03. Enchantments Encountered, Part 1 7:52 Read by Michele Fry
04. Enchantments Encountered, Part 2 8:18 Read by Edward Kirkby
05. Enchantments Encountered, Part 3 8:43 Read by Michele Fry
06. Enchantments Encountered, Part 4 4:31 Read by Michele Fry
07. Enchantments Encountered, Part 5 8:47 Read by Deon Gines
08. Enchantments Encountered, Part 6 4:42 Read by Deon Gines
09. Enchantments Encountered, Part 7 16:27 Read by Larry Wilson
10. A Discourse on the Wonders . . .; Propositions I -IV 35:10 Read by Michele Fry
11. Proposition V; Corollaries I-V 28:38 Read by Michele Fry
12. Conjectures 1, 2, 3 17:12 Read by Michele Fry
13. An Hortatory and Necessary Address, Part I 40:05 Read by Edward Kirkby
14. An Hortatory and Necessary Address, Part II 29:38 Read by Edward Kirkby
15. A Narrative of an Apparition 8:18 Read by Claudia Salto
16. A Modern Instance of Witches 16:29 Read by bundy98
17. I. The Tryal of G. B. at a Court of Oyer and Terminer 14:11 Read by Scott Foster
18. II. The Tyal of Bridget Bishop 14:27 Read by Scott Foster
19. III. The Tryal of Susanna Martin 15:48 Read by Scott Foster
20. IV. The Tryal of Elizabeth How 8:12 Read by Scott Foster
21. V. The Tryal of Martha Carrier 8:49 Read by Jesse Zuba
22. Curiousities 1-4 20:25 Read by Scott Foster
23. The Devil Discovered 44:44 Read by Scott Foster
24. A True Narrative of some Remarkable Passages 19:18 Read by bundy98
25. Remarks of things more than ordinary about the Afflicted Persons 3:02 Read by bundy98
26. Remarks concerning the Accused 2:59 Read by bundy98
27. A Further Account of the Tryals 6:38 Read by bundy98
28. Cases of Conscience Concerning Evil Spirits . . Letter 11:31 Read by Claudia Salto
29. Cases of Conscience Concerning Witchcrafts, Argument 1 16:25 Read by Jesse Zuba
30. Cases of Conscience Concerning Witchcrafts, Argument 2 5:23 Read by Jesse Zuba
31. Cases of Conscience Concerning Witchcrafts, Argument 3 11:02 Read by Oxenhandler
32. Cases of Conscience Concerning Witchcrafts, Argument 4 12:20 Read by bundy98
33. Cases of Conscience Concerning Witchcrafts, Argument 5 6:08 Read by Scott Foster
34. Cases of Conscience Concerning Witchcrafts, Argument 6, Part 1 17:24 Read by Scott Foster
35. Cases of Conscience Concerning Witchcrafts, Argument 6, Part 2 16:46 Read by Scott Foster
36. Cases of Conscience Concerning Witchcrafts, Argument 6, Part 3 16:42 Read by Scott Foster
37. Postscript 10:11 Read by bundy98

Reviews


(5 stars)

An interesting first hand account. Well presented and excellently read by all the readers.