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The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War

Mark Stoyle

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780859898591
eISBN:
9781781384978
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859898591.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

One of the more bizarre consequences of the English Civil War of 1642-46 was the elevation to celebrity status of a ‘dog-witch’ named Boy. The loyal companion of King Charles I's nephew, Prince ... More


‘Lapland Lady’: The poodle and the pamphleteers, January–February 1643

Mark Stoyle

in The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780859898591
eISBN:
9781781384978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859898591.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter explores how, in early 1643, the rival polemicists shifted their attention from the prince to his dog. First, it shows how a series of disparate events – including a meteor shower near ... More


‘Imagining Boy’: The roots of the myth

Mark Stoyle

in The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780859898591
eISBN:
9781781384978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859898591.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter argues that the remarkable success of the Observations owed much to the subtlety and skill with which its author tapped into a complex web of pre-existent ideas about the supernatural. ... More


A Dog's Legacy: After Marston Moor

Mark Stoyle

in The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780859898591
eISBN:
9781781384978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859898591.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter argues that the anxieties and apprehensions which had been aroused as a result of the propaganda storm which had raged around the figures of Rupert and Boy continued to possess a ... More


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