Now in paperback, A Salem Witch: The Trial, Execution, and Exoneration of Rebecca Nurse by Dan Gagnon is a welcome addition to the list of fascinating books about the Salem witch trials. Rebecca Nurse, a seventy-one-year-old grandmother, was one of the most unlikely accused of witchcraft in 1692. She has since become one of the most famous victims from this time. Through primary source research, Gagnon vividly recreates seventeenth-century Salem. He reveals how the Nurse family’s role in several disputes was different than previously thought. A Salem Witch reveals a remarkable woman whose legacy has transformed how the witch hunt has been remembered. (paperback, 2021)
About the author
Daniel A. Gagnon serves on the board of the Rebecca Nurse Homestead Museum in Danvers, Massachusetts (formerly known as Salem Village). He received a BA in history from Providence College and an MA in history from Boston College.
Acclaim for A Salem Witch:
“Daniel Gagnon’s biography of Rebecca Nurse places her life and continuing legacy as well as her death in thorough historical context.” -Marilynne K. Roach, author of Six Women of Salem and The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle
“Dan Gagnon has written a highly readable and first scholarly biography of Rebecca Nurse… 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