Source:Mather, Cotton. Magnalia Christi Americana, or, the Ecclesiastical History of New-England

Source Magnalia Christi americana, or, The ecclesiastical history of New-England
from its first planting in the year 1620, unto the year of Our Lord 1638, in seven books
Author Mather, Cotton
Robinson, Lucius F. (Lucius Franklin)
Robbins, Thomas
Place Virginia, United States
District of Columbia, United States
New Hampshire, United States
Maryland, United States
Connecticut, United States
West Virginia, United States
Pennsylvania, United States
New York, United States
Vermont, United States
Rhode Island, United States
New Jersey, United States
Maine, United States
Delaware, United States
Massachusetts, United States
Year range 1620 - 1698
Subject Church records
Publication information
Type Book
Publisher Printed for Thomas Parkhurst at the Bible and Three Crowns
Date issued 1702
Place issued London
Number of Volumes 2
Mather, Cotton; Lucius F. (Lucius Franklin) Robinson; and Thomas Robbins. Magnalia Christi americana, or, The ecclesiastical history of New-England: from its first planting in the year 1620, unto the year of Our Lord 1638, in seven books. (London: Printed for Thomas Parkhurst at the Bible and Three Crowns, 1702).
Family History Center1853 edition history center
Google Books1702 ed. website
Google Books1853 ed. Vol 1 website
Google Books1853 edition Vol 2 website
Internet Archive1820 ed Vol 1: website
Internet Archive1820 ed Vol 2: website
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'Magnalia Christi Americana' (roughly, The Glorious Works of Christ in America) is a book published in 1702 by Cotton Mather (1663–1728). Its title is in Latin, but its subtitle is in English: The Ecclesiastical History of New England. It was generally written in English and printed in London "for Thomas Parkhurst, at the Bible and Three Crowns, Cheapside."

It consists of seven "books" collected into two volumes, and it details the religious development of Massachusetts, and other nearby colonies in New England from 1620 to 1698. Notable parts of the book are Mather's descriptions of the Salem Witch Trials, in which he criticizes some of the methods of the court and attempts to distance himself from the event; his account of the escape of Hannah Dustan, one of the best known to captivity narrative scholars; his complete "catalogus" of all the students that graduated from Harvard College, and story of the founding of Harvard College itself; and his assertions that Puritan slaveholders should do more to convert their slaves to Christianity.


This title has been reprinted numerous times, and as recently as 2009.

  • Earliest edition found is 1702, "in Seven Books."
  • 1820 edition (Hartford, Conn. : Silas Andrus, 1820. 2v) is available at the Internet Archive.
  • 1853 edition (Hartford, Conn. : Silas Andrus & Son, 1853. 2 v) is available at Google Books. Microfilm may be ordered through the nearest Family History Center.
  • Filmed by the Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1964.

FHL film numbers

  • 1688545
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