Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's DogWitchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mark Stoyle

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780859898591

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859898591.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM LIVERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Liverpool University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in LSO for personal use.date: 28 May 2022

‘Occult Celebrity’

‘Occult Celebrity’

Boy in the public eye, February-August 1643

(p.90) 6 ‘Occult Celebrity’
The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog

Mark Stoyle

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores how the Boy myth was developed and contested by Royalist and Parliamentarian polemicists between February 1643 and July 1644. It considers, for example, the way in which the strange reports which were circulating about Prince Rupert and Boy fed into other contemporary tales of witchcraft and the supernatural and the scurrilous pamphlets which introduced the world to “Prince Rupert's malignant she-monkey”: a hyper-sexed simian who was alleged to accompany Boy in the prince's entourage. This chapter also interrogates the series of graphic satires of Boy which appeared during 1643-44 - and the way in which these were utilised to extend and perpetuate stereotypical views of both the ‘Roundheads’ (i.e. the Parliamentarians) and the ‘Cavaliers’ (i.e. the Royalists). [120 words]

Keywords:   Fashion, *Cavaliers, *Roundheads, *Stereotypes, Monkeys, Ribaldry, *Innuendo, Mrs Slocombe, *Witches, Birmingham

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.