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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
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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/9780859898591.003.0010

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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