The Devil

The Devil : In Tudor and Stuart England

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 075245739X
  • 9780752457390
  • 1,348,245

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

About Senior Lecturer in Histor Darren Oldridge

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),show more