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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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A Dog's Legacy

A Dog's Legacy

After Marston Moor

(p.142) 8 A Dog's Legacy
The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog

Mark Stoyle

Liverpool University Press

This chapter argues that the anxieties and apprehensions which had been aroused as a result of the propaganda storm which had raged around the figures of Rupert and Boy continued to possess a powerful resonance long after ‘the four legged cavalier’ himself had been removed from the scene. It demonstrates that, after 1644, the conviction that the Royalist cause was diabolically inspired became ever more firmly entrenched in the Parliamentarian camp, and suggests that a number of significant – and hitherto overlooked – connections existed between ‘the Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog’ and the great English Witch Hunt of 1645-47. It also discusses the part which the ‘Boy Myth’ may have played in paving the way for the notorious massacre of the king's female camp- followers which was carried out by Parliamentarian soldiers in the wake of the Battle of Naseby in 1645. [145 words]

Keywords:   Amazons*, Cross-dressing*, Viragos, Massacre*, Witch-Hunt*, Witch-finder General, Familiars*, Hags, Bestiality, Wizards

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