A Discovery of Witches

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Deborah Harkness

1. Vampires—Fiction. 2. Witches—Fiction. 3. Alchemy—Manuscripts—Fiction. 4. Science and magic—Fiction.

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 Deborah Harkness, 2011 

My greatest debt is to the friends and family who read this book, chapter by
chapter, as it was written: Cara, Karen, Lisa, Margaret, and my mom, Olive. Peg
and Lynn, as always, provided excellent meals, warm companionship, and wise
counsel. And I am especially appreciative of the editorial work that Lisa
Halttunen did to prepare the manuscript for submission.
Colleagues generously lent me their expertise as I wandered far from my own
area of specialization. Philippa Levine, Andrés Reséndez, Vanessa Schwartz, and
Patrick Wyman steered me in the right direction whenever I took a misstep. Any
errors that remain are, of course, my own.
I will always be grateful that Sam Stoloff of the Frances Goldin Literary
Agency took the news that I had written a novel, and not another work of
history, with grace and good humor. He also read the early drafts with a keen
eye. Additional thanks to the agency’s Ellen Geiger, for her inspired choice of
dinner companions!
The team at Viking has become a second family to me. My editor, Car-ole
DeSanti, represents what every author hopes for when they are writing a book:
someone who will not only appreciate what you have put on the page but can
envision what story those words could tell if they were tweaked just so. Maureen
Sugden, copy editor extraordinaire, polished the book in record time. Thank you
also to Clare Ferraro, Leigh Butler, Hal Fessenden, and the rights group; Nancy
Sheppard, Carolyn Coleburn, and the marketing and sales team; Victoria Klose,
Christopher Russell, and everyone who has helped transform this work from a
stack of paper into a book.
Because this is a book about books, I consulted a substantial number of texts
as I wrote. Curious readers can find some of them by consulting the Douay-
Rheims translation of the Bible, Marie-Louise von Franz’s critical edition and
translation of Aurora Consurgens (Pantheon Books, 1966), and Paul Eugene
Memmo’s translation of Giordano Bruno’s Heroic Frenzies (University of North
Carolina Press, 1964). Those readers who do go exploring should know that the
translations here are my own and therefore have their idiosyncrasies. Anyone
who wants to delve further into the mind of Charles Darwin has the ideal place
to start in Janet Browne’s Charles Darwin: A Biography (2 vols., Alfred Knopf,
1995 and 2002). And for a lucid introduction to mtDNA and its application to
the problems of human history consult Brian Sykes, The Seven Daughters of Eve
(W. W. Norton, 2001).

It begins with absence and desire.
It begins with blood and fear.
It begins with a discovery of witches.

Table of Contents
Title Page
Copyright Page
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43

A Discovery of Witches
First published in 2011 by Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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