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 Devel 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 075245739X
  • 9780752457390
  • 1,559,464

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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" "A fascinating historical study that encourages self-reflection." "Publishers Weekly" on "Strange Histories"" "Fascinating .. . extraordinary because it is so contemporary, provocative, and insightful." Jack Zipes, author, "The Great Fairy Tale Tradition," on "Strange Histories""
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About 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),
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