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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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‘Occult Celebrity’

‘Occult Celebrity’

Boy in the public eye, February-August 1643

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(p.90) 6 ‘Occult Celebrity’
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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/9780859898591.003.0007

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

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