The Devil: In Tudor and Stuart England

The Devil: In Tudor and Stuart England


By (author) Darren Oldridge

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  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 252 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 22mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 075245739X
  • ISBN 13: 9780752457390
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,194,999

Product description

The Devil was a commanding figure in Tudor and Stuart England. He played a leading role in the religious and political conflicts of the age, and inspired great works of poetry and drama. During the turmoil of the English Civil War, fears of a secret conspiracy of Devil-worshippers fuelled a witch-hunt that claimed at least a hundred lives. This book traces the idea of the Devil from the English Reformation to the scientific revolution of the late seventeenth century. It shows that he was not only a central figure in the imaginative life of the age, but also a deeply ambiguous and complex one: the avowed enemy of God and his unwilling accomplice, and a creature that provoked fascination, comedy and dread.

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Author information

DARREN OLDRIDGE is a senior lecturer in History at the University of Worcester, with a special interest in witchcraft and the Devil. In recent years he has also worked on representations of evil in literature and film. He is committed to taking academic work to a general audience. He has written widely on society and religion during the sixteenth ad seventeenth centuries, including Strange Histories (Routledge, 2005),

Review quote

"Fascinating . . . extraordinary because it is so contemporary, provocative, and insightful." --Jack Zipes, author, "The Great Fairy Tale Tradition", on "Strange Histories"