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The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's DogWitchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War$
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Mark Stoyle

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780859898591

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859898591.001.0001

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‘Lapland Lady’

‘Lapland Lady’

The poodle and the pamphleteers, January–February 1643

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(p.50) 4 ‘Lapland Lady’
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The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog
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Mark Stoyle

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859898591.003.0005

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 Cirencester – helped to inspire the publication of a pamphlet entitled Observations on Prince Rupert's White Dog, a pamphlet which assured its readers that the prince's canine companion was in fact, a beautiful woman from Lapland who had transformed herself into the shape of a dog through occult art. Second it will demonstrate that it was the anonymous author of this manipulative masterpiece – the anonymous author who is here tentatively identified as the uber-Royalist poet, John Cleveland - who was the true begetter of the Boy myth. Finally, it will investigate the wave of excitement which the appearance of the Observations provoked and the stream of copy-cat publications which swiftly followed. [143 words]

Keywords:   Cotswolds, Apparitions, John Cleveland*, Familiars*, Bestiality*, Espionage, Lapland*, Witch-finders, Invisibility, Puritans*

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