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Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History : The Devil and Demonism in Early Modern England - Nathan Johnstone

Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History

The Devil and Demonism in Early Modern England

Hardcover Published: 20th February 2006
ISBN: 9780521802369
Number Of Pages: 350

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An original 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, such as practical divinity, the interiority of Puritan godliness, anti-popery, polemic and propaganda, and popular culture. The concept of the Devil that emerged from the Reformation had a profound impact on the beliefs and practices of committed Protestants, but it also influenced both the political debates of the reigns of Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I, and in popular culture more widely.

'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

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The English Reformation and the Protestant Devilp. 1
The historiography of the Devilp. 1
The Devil and 'the persecuting society': witches, Puritanism and despairp. 12
The synagogue of Satan: anti-Catholicism, false doctrine and the construction of contrarietyp. 27
The Devil as fact: the Protestant perception of diabolic powerp. 28
The Devil's church: the construction of contrarietyp. 41
Temptation: the Protestant dynamic of diabolic agency and the resurgence of clerical mediationp. 60
Liturgy, theology and conduct literaturep. 62
Resisting Satan: prayer and dialoguep. 83
The Protestant ministry and the mediation of resistancep. 95
Satan and the godly in early modern Englandp. 107
The context of demonism and models of temptationp. 108
Cyclical affliction and spiritual progression: the experience and rationalisation of temptationp. 118
Diabolic affliction and godly communityp. 135
Incarnate devils: crime narratives, demonisation and audience empathyp. 142
Reporting Satan's agency: crime and the pulp pressp. 144
Components of the Devil's kingdomp. 150
Devilish humans and audience empathyp. 153
Temptation and the physical Devilp. 170
'What concord hath Christ with Belial?': de facto satanism and the temptation of the body politic, 1570-1640p. 175
The Elizabethan religious controversies and the concept of de facto satanismp. 177
The divine monarch and the Devil: Elizabeth I, James I and Catholic treacheryp. 184
The divine Charles and the Devil: diabolic subversion and the language of political oppositionp. 196
'Grand Pluto's Progress through Great Britaine': the Civil War and the zenith of satanic politicsp. 213
'Sworne Sword-men of the devill': diabolic service in parliamentary propagandap. 217
'Hell's Black Parliament': demonism, rebellion and diabolic government in royalist propagandap. 236
'The Devil's Alpha and Omega': temptation at the cutting edge of faith in the Civil War and the Interregnump. 250
The synagogue of Satan revisited: the Devil turned Independentp. 253
The interpretation of sectarianism in the 1650sp. 265
Conclusionp. 286
Bibliographyp. 294
Indexp. 326
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ISBN: 9780521802369
ISBN-10: 0521802369
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 20th February 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.69