The Devil and Demonism in Early Modern England

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Januar 2006



An original and powerful book examining the concept of the Devil in English culture between the Reformation and the end of the English Civil War. Nathan Johnstone looks at the ways in which beliefs about the nature of the Devil and his power in human affairs changed as a consequence of the Reformation, and its impact on religious, literary and political culture. He moves away from the established focus on demonology as a component of the belief in witchcraft and examines a wide range of religious and political milieux.


Introduction; 1. The synagogue of Satan: anti-Catholicism, false doctrine and the construction of contrariety; 2. Temptation: the Protestant dynamic of diabolic agency and the resurgence of clerical mediation; 3. Satan and the godly in early modern England; 4. Incarnate devils: crime narratives, demonization and audience empathy; 5. 'What concord hath Christ with Belial': de facto satanism and the temptation of the body politic, 1570-1640; 6. 'Grand Pluto's progress through Great Britaine': the civil war and the zenith of satanic politics; 7. 'The Devil's Alpha and Omega': Temptation at the cutting edge of faith in the civil war and the interregnum; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.


Nathan Johnstone teaches history at Canterbury Christ Church University College.


Review of the hardback: 'This is a rich, imaginative and (within its period) wide-ranging book, which above all shows a firm grip on an impressive range of sources and a well-informed awareness of current secondary literature.' Times Literary Supplement
EAN: 9780521802369
ISBN: 0521802369
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Early Mod'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2006
Seitenanzahl: 334 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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