Frances Hill does what her subtitle (A Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials) promises. In a Delusion of Satan, the author tells the grippping and horrifying story from beginning to end in a fast-paced narrative that takes the reader through every pertinent detail. Along the way, she discusses motives, both psychological and material, that may have influenced the participants, as well as briefly glancing at the number of theories that have arisen in our more modern times. The author does not provide a large historical context in which to slide the events into, perhpas, but she does give just enough details to keep this story comprehensible and fascinating. The book does not dwell on modern analogies (they are too painfully obvious, at any rate). A recommended look at this terrible time.
A Delusion of Satan provides a complete, meticulously researched and riveting acccount of the Salem witch trials. Frances Hill demonstrates that the trials were motivated by greed, a lust for power and control and revenge rather than any spiritual concerns of the community leaders and clergy. The accounts of the mass hysteria that swept through Salem and the surrounding areas is fascinating . This is an excellent account of a sad and infamous episode in American history. Highly recommended