Book Review: Six Women of Salem

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I read Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials by Marilynn K. Roach over the course of the last few weeks. I was completely enthralled in the historical telling of the lives of the most infamous women who were involved in the Salem witch trials that took place in 1692 in Massachusetts.

The book profiles Rebecca Nurse, Tituba, Bridget Bishop, Mary English, Ann Putnam Sr. and Mary Warren and delves into chronicling the events from January 1692 – January 1693. Roach included a significant amount of background information on each woman, including their personal and family histories. What attracted me to this book was the fact that it was not a fictional retelling or imagining of the lives of these women, but a researched and fact-based approach to dissecting this pivotal time in history.

I came away from this read with pretty much the same feelings I always do when I read about this subject, which really just boils down to confusion. There are so many unanswered questions readers and historians have as to what exactly took place in Salem in 1692 and the years leading up, and why. This retelling of events contained enough information that was new to me that it better shaped my understanding of how the trials came to be, as well as their lasting impacts.

If you’re interested in the Salem witch trials from a strictly historical and factual perspective, this is the perfect choice.


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