The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog
Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War
Mark Stoyle is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Southampton. He is the author of 'Loyalty and Locality: Popular Allegiance in Devon during the English Civil War' University of Exeter Press, 1994), 'From Deliverance to Destruction: Rebellion and Civil War in an English City' (UEP, 1996), 'West Britons: Cornish Identities and the Early Modern British State' (UEP, 2002) and 'Circled with Stone: Exeter’s City Walls 1485-1660' (UEP, 2003).
Chronology Introduction 1: Boy and the Historians 2: ‘The Prince and the Poodle’: Before The Civil War 3: ‘Dutchland Devil’: The Prince and The Pamphleteers, August to December 1642 4: ‘Lapland Lady’: The Poodle and The Pamphleteers, January to February 1643 5: ‘Imagining Boy’: The Roots of the Myth 6: ‘Occult Celebrity’: Boy in the Public Eye, February to August 1643 7: ‘A Dog’s Elegy’: From Newbury to Marston Moor, September 1643 to July 1644 8: ‘A Dog’s Legacy’: After Marston Moor Conclusion Appendix: Observations upon Prince Rupert’s White Dog Called Boy Notes Bibliography Index
Mark Stoyle’s entertaining and thorough detective work pieces together the various religious, cultural and political elements that coalesced to form Rupert’s demonic reputation.
EHR, CXXIX. 540
Meticulously researched, persuasive and thoroughly enjoyable... [it] transcends the realm of biography ... and presents a radical new framework for viewing the mass persecution of witches in 1645-47.
The Seventeenth Century, 29.2
Stoyle's analysis brings an entirely new perspective to sources that have too often been used only to add atmosphere to historical narratives. Stoyle sifts myth from reality to make some compelling suggestions about both the real Boy and the politics of witchcraft within the propaganda battles of the English Civil Wars.
Stoyle’s analysis is masterful ...a book that is immensely readable, and also worth reading.
Times Higher Education
This deconstruction/reconstruction of a seventeenth century political legend is highly readable and interesting. It shows a welcome attempt to incorporate folklore research into historiography.
Folklore Society’s Katharine Briggs Award 2012 judges
A cross-over book, appealing as it should to those who are obsessed by witchcraft and those who are keen followers of civil war studies.
Nottingham Trent University
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: June 6, 2011