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by Kenneth Silverman

Presents a comprehensive look at the quintessential Puritan, from his private home life to his involvement in the Salem witch trials, and offers a realistic portrait of seventeenth-and eighteenth-century Boston
Download The Life and Times of Cotton Mather epub
ISBN: 0231061250
ISBN13: 978-0231061254
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Kenneth Silverman
Language: English
Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr; 1st edition (June 1, 1985)
Pages: 479 pages
ePUB size: 1546 kb
FB2 size: 1788 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 270
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When I find a book like this, I am so grateful. Kenneth Silverman illuminates the life of a difficult, important, complex man as well as his period in our history, both of which are generally shrouded in the darkness of the witch trials, like a guilty memory in our unconscious.
Be prepared to put away your cartoon caricature of Cotton Mather and discover a complex man. very committed to faith in a unique period of Amercian history. The book is balanced, factual and well written and provides substantive understanding of the complexities of early Amercian church and society. While it is easy to critisize the past, we learn nothing from it unless we delve deeply into the people and society in which it took place. Silverman does a very good job of that and reveals a surprisingly multi-dimensional Cotton Mather who, though he participated in matters unimaginably horrible to us, was actually in some ways a surprisingly enlightened force duirng his time.
outstanding study of important figure
Very interesting, as is the whole Lather family story! I think his father Increase Lather was unduly tough on his son; I felt sorry for him. He none the less, became famous. Great reading!
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Very readable, Mather was nuts, got to remember they thought devils floating around in the air all over the place, not quite the rationalists we might think.
This had rave reviews as a biography, so I bought it. As soon as I opened it up, I realized I did not have a huge interest in Cotton Mather. I suspect it is fine for someone who cares about the era or the religiosity. I discovered I did not, and stopped reading after 50 pages. What writing I saw was good, but not compelling enough to make me spend two weeks on a topic I don't care much about. This happens a lot with biographies, which are often way too detailed for my taste.