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]
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