Connecticut Witch Trials Bibliography

[Editor's note: I have already suggested that she consult Karlsen's _Devil in the Shape of a Woman_]

Query From Virginia E Hench 31 Oct 1997

I am interested in finding information on witch trials other than those in Salem, MA, such as the ones supposedly took place in Hartford, CT. I am just getting into the witch trials and was hoping for guidance as to which sources are considered reliable. My area is criminal law and procedure, and I am working with issues of how women have been treated in the law. I would like references both to primary and secondary materials, as I am contemplating a book, to be completed in about two to three years. Thanks very much.


Butler, Jon _Awash in a Sea of Faith_(chptr. 3, Harvard U press 1990).

Dayton, Cornelia Hughes _Women Before the Bar: Gender, Law, and Society in Connecticut, 1639-1789_(UNC,1995).

Donovan, Frank _Never on a Broomstick_(NY, Bell, 1975..see Chptr. 6)

Godbeer, Richard _The Devil's Dominion_ (Cambridge U Press, 1992).

Hall, David D. _Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England: A Documentary History 1638-1692_(Boston: Northeastern U Press, 1991).

Karlsen, Carol _Devil in the Shape of a Woman_

Marwick, Max _Witchcraft and Sorcery_ (1970. Reprints by Penguin)

Reis, Elizabeth _Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England_(Cornell U Press, 1997).

Weisman, Richard _Witchcraft, Magic and Religion in 17th Century Massachusetts_(U of Mass. Press, 1984).

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Bibliography compiled by Dr. Richard Golden and students...located on history web page for the Univ. of North Texas. URL: