By Daniel A. Gagnon
The first full biography of Rebecca Nurse, one of the most well-known victims of the 1692 Salem Village Witch-Hunt, will be published in 2021 – the 400th anniversary of her birth.
Available October 2021
Advance Praise for A Salem Witch:
“Dan Gagnon has written a highly readable and first scholarly biography of Rebecca Nurse, perhaps the most famous of the Massachusetts Salem witchcraft victims of 1692. Meticulously researched, Gagnon traces the history and biography of Nurse and her family through their New World settlement; the dramatic events of her accusation, trial, and final execution; and the later remembrances of her and her legacy in today’s world. In telling the powerful story of Rebecca, Gagnon makes the complex history of the Salem witch trials more easily understood, while at the same time giving us a very good read.”-Richard B. Trask, author of The Devil Hath Been Raised and Town Archivist of Danvers, Mass. (formerly known as Salem Village)
“Daniel Gagnon’s biography of Rebecca Nurse, A Salem Witch, places her life and continuing legacy as well as her death in thorough historical context, unravels some previous assumptions, and suggests new lines of inquiry. The bibliography and notes are valuable resources in themselves.”– Marilynne K. Roach, author of The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege, and Six Women of Salem.
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