The Devil : In Tudor and Stuart England
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.
- Paperback | 252 pages
- 126 x 194 x 22mm | 222.26g
- 01 Aug 2011
- The History Press Ltd
- Stroud, United Kingdom
"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""
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),