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Blood of the Prophets

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Country  United States
Publication date  September 2002
Pages  544
Author  Will Bagley
Genre  Non-fiction
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Language  English
Media type  Print (Hardcover)
Originally published  September 2002
Page count  544
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Subject  Mountain Meadows massacre
Publisher  University of Oklahoma Press
Awards  Spur Award for Best Nonfiction Historical
Similar  Will Bagley books, Latter Day Saint movement books, Jesus books

Will bagley 2002 blood of the prophets

Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows (2002) by Will Bagley is an award-winning history of the Mountain Meadows massacre. The work updated Juanita Brooks' seminal history The Mountain Meadows Massacre, and remains one of the definitive works on the topic.


Awards and Praise

  • Utah Arts Council’s Original Writing Competition Publication Prize
  • Western Writers of America’s Spur Award
  • Denver Public Library’s Caroline Bancroft History Prize
  • Westerners International’s Best Book Award
  • John Whitmer Historical Association’s Smith-Petit Best Book Award
  • Western History Association’s John W. Caughey Prize for the year’s most distinguished book on the history of the American West.
  • Spur Award, Western Writers of America
  • Caughey Book Prize, Western History Association
  • Caroline Bancroft History Prize, Denver Public Library
  • Co-Founders Best Book Award, Westerners International.
  • 2003 Best Book Award, John Whitmer Historical Association
  • Brigham D. Madsen, a fellow Utah historian, wrote: “While the word ‘definitive’ is often overused, this account of the killings merits that distinction. Bagley’s book ranks as a Mormon historical classic.”, Western Historical Quarterly.

    The New York Review of Books praised the work as “an exhaustive, meticulously documented, highly readable history that captures the events and atmosphere that gave rise to the massacre, as well as its long, tortuous aftermath. Bagley has taken great care in negotiating the minefield presented by what remains of the historical record.”


    The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies at Brigham Young University criticized Bagley's conclusion that Brigham Young ordered the massacre. For example, FARMS points to Bagley's misuse of a quote, written by Dimick B. Huntington, in which the Piedes Indians told Brigham Young they were "afraid to fight the Americans & so would raise grain" during the Utah War. Bagley replaced the word "grain" with "allies", so as to read "afraid to fight the Americans & so would raise allies", and published this revision in Blood of the Prophets. It has also been pointed out that some of Bagley's more controversial conclusions can only be reached by using a flawed timeline of events.

    Some historians feel that, since Will Bagley was hired by California businessman Frank James Singer to "rewrite the story of the Mountain Meadows Massacre," this may have influenced his interpretation of the facts, a charge Bagley denies.


  • 2002: Norman, University of Oklahoma Press.
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