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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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(p.163) Conclusion
The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog

Mark Stoyle

Liverpool University Press

This chapter draws all of the threads of the book together and insists that the story of Prince Rupert's ‘necromantic dogge’ should not be dismissed as mere drollery: as an amusing but essentially trivial side-show. Instead, it argues, that story has much wider ramifications, not only alerting us to the sheer cunning and skill with which both Royalist and Parliamentarian propagandists strove to exploit popular witch-belief in support of their own causes, but also providing us with a wholly new perspective on the ways in which popular and elite ideas about politics, religion and the supernatural converged and reacted with each other during the 1640s. [105 words]

Keywords:   Hoax, Polemic, Graphic satire, Credulity, Witchcraft

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