While Suffer a Witch is fiction, Claudia does thorough research in an effort to make the story as close to reality as possible. Here are a few of the sources Claudia has used for Suffer a Witch (as of 8/2014):
Advisors: Our hope is to have each of the advisors in for a conversation early in the story so you can get a chance to chat with them.
Bridget Pilloud, Intuition Bridge - Bridget is the first person Claudia saw actually work a loving kind of magic. She’s has a deep understanding of individual responsibility and the manner in with earth magic works. If you haven’t had a chance, check out her website.
Cora van Leeuwen, Tinkerbell Netherlands - Cora and Claudia have been friends for a very long time via blogs. She’s one of the first people to review The Fey and is very supportive of all of Claudia’s wild hair schemes. She is practices Wicca and calls herself a witch. She writes for Pagan Pages, and is an incredible source for Wiccan thought and the day to day life of a Pagan. Plus, she makes Mead (honey wine)!
Theresa Reed, The Tarot Lady - Claudia studied the tarot with Theresa for three months in preparation for Suffer a Witch. Since that time, she’s jumped in with advice and suggestions to help to make the serial work. If you don’t know about the Tarot, take a look at Theresa’s site or get a reading. You’ll be amazed.
Books: We hope to have a chance to speak with many of these authors over the course of the serial.
Aronson, Marc. Witch Hunt (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003) —Great timelines, good summary of what went on overall.
Butler, Anne M. The American West: A Concise History (Blackwell Publishing, 2008) p.40-41 —Discusses the capture, use, and sale of female slaves — by both Indian and Colonials — for domestic and sexual purposes.
Citro, Joseph A. Weird New England (New York: Sterling Publishing, 2005) —There’s a lot of incredibly odd things in New England. Since Claudia is a died in the wool Westerner, it’s good to get a dose of a little New England weirdness.
Farmer, John. A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England (New England: Carter, Andrews and Company, 1892) p. 53. —Genealogical details for Martha Carrier. Book also contains information about Rebecca Nurse and Samuel Wardwell, but not the rest of the Salem Twenty.
Genealogies of Connecticut Families: From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register Volume 1 (Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 1983, 2006)
—Interesting genealogical information about the extended family of Martha Penoyer (aka Martha Corey). p 100-102
Goss, K. David. The Salem Witch Trials: A Reference Guide (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008) —Interesting genealogical information regarding the accused. Very clear documented decisions on histories.
Karlsen, Carol F. The Devil in the Shape of a Women (New York: W.W. Norton, 1987) —Great review of worldwide witch-hysterias, as they pertain to women, and fit into the culture including the use of witch-hysteria and witch law to control women.
Miller, Arthur. The Crucible (New York: Penguin Classic, 1952) —Important classic which relates the Salem witch-hysteria to the McCarthy era, and, in many ways, the post-Bush United States.
Norton, Mary Beth. In the Devil’s Snare (New York: Knopf, 2002) —Thoughtful, well research book that connects the accusers and the accused with the Indian wars in the surrounding areas. Particularly thought regarding the women and girls involved.
Ocker, J.W. The New England Grimpendium (Woodstock, Vermont: The Countryman Press, 2010) —An odd book that oddly fascinating.
Roach, Marilynne K. Six Women of Salem (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: De Capo Press, 2013)
Roach, Marilynne K. The Salem Witch Trials (Lanham, Maryland: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2002) —Helpful day by day accounting of what went on that year in 1692.
Rosenthal, Bernard, ed. Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt (New York : Cambridge Press 2014) —Easy to read collection of all of the currently available records translated into type face from hand written documents.
Starkey, Marion L. The Devil in Massachusetts (New York: Double Day, 1949) —Not the most historically accurate. However, Ms. Starkey takes a complicated mess of a situation and makes it into a good story.
The Puritan hymn and tune book (Boston: Congregational Board of Publication, 1860) —Puritans in New England sang the Psalms as hymns. This book has the music and lyrics.
Upham, Charles W. Salem Witchcraft (Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, 2000) —THE original resource on the Salem Village witch hysteria. While new facts have come to light which change a few of Upham’s conclusions, there’s no doubting the effort and work he put into finding documents and understanding what happened.
Windsor, Justin. Memorial History of Boston, including Suffolk County, Massachusetts 1630-1880 (Cambridge, MA: John Wilson and Son University Press, 1881) —Great information about the first witch hysteria (1648-1688) including information about witches killed in New England prior to those in Salem Village. Book scanned and available via Google Books.
Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States (New York: Harper Perennials, 1980) —Just a great book. Very helpful in understanding Puritans and the Indian wars at the time of the witch hysteria in Salem Village.
Articles and Websites:
Abbott, Charlotte Helen. Early Records of the Parker Family of Andover (Memorial Hall Library: Andover)—Genealogical document about Mary Ayer Parker.
Beeke, Joel R. PhD. “Psalm signing in Calvin and the Puritans” [Web Article] Reformed Felowship, Inc, Outlook, September-October 2010, No. 5, pp. 18-23 (June, 2014) http://www.reformedfellowship.net/articles/beeke-psalm-sing-sept-oct10v60-n5.htm
“Bray Wilkins Family and the Salem Witch Trials” [Web Article] Roots and Shoots of Mine: collecting my family’s history. N.p. (October 27, 2012). http://rootsandshootsofmine.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-bray-wilkins-family-and-salem-witch.html
Burns, Margo. “A guide to the on-line primary sources of the Salem Witch Trials” [Web Page] 17th Century New England, N.p., n.d. (May, 2014) http://www.17thc.us/primarysources/
Burns, Margo. “People accused of witchcraft in 1692” [Web Page] 17th Century New England, N.p., n.d. (May, 2014) http://www.17thc.us/primarysources/
C., Alina. “Guilty before Trail, The Story of Sarah and Dorcas Good” [Web Page] New World News, University of Chicago, n.d. (June, 2014) http://people.ucls.uchicago.edu/~snekros/New%20World%20News/New_World_News/Guilty_Before_Trial.html
Harris, Gordon. “The Witchcraft Trial of Elizabeth Howe” [Web article] Stories from Ipswich, (January 24, 2014) http://ipswich.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/the-witchcraft-trial-of-elizabeth-howe/
Mattes, Darya. “Important Persons in Salem Court Records: Children” [Web article] Salem Witch Trials, Documentary Archive and Transcription Project, The University of Virginia, Fall Semester 2003 (June, 2014) http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/people?group.num=all&mbio.num=mb41
Morrell, Barbara. (2011, July) “The True History of Bridget Bishop” [Weblog post] Joseph Toronto, N.p, n.d (June, 2014) http://www.josephtoronto.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/BridgetBishop.finalhx.07-10.pdf
Murphy, Kate. (2001) “Martha Carrier” [Web article] Salem Witch Trials, Documentary Archive and Transcription Project, The University of Virginia, Spring Semester 2001.
Norton, Mary Beth. (2002, April) “The Refugee’s Revenge” [Web Article] Common-Place . http://www.common-place.org/vol-02/no-03/norton/
“Puritan Life” [Web Article] USHisotry.org, n.d., http://www.ushistory.org/us/3d.asp
Roberts, Gary Boyd.(1992, August) “Notable Kin - The Progeny of “Witches” and “Wizards”: Some Descendants of Rev. George Burroughs and William and Joanna (Blessing) Towne, Parents of Mary Estey and Rebecca Nurse” [Web Article] American Ancestors. http://www.americanancestors.org/the-progeny-of-witches-and-wizards/
Wilson, Damien (curator). “Elizabeth Howe (Jackson), Salem Witch Trials.” [Web article] n.p., n.d. http://www.geni.com/people/Elizabeth-Howe/6000000006577241343
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