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The Devil in Disguise: Deception, Delusion, and Fanaticism in the Early English Enlightenment

Mark Knights


This book illuminates the impact of the two British revolutions of the seventeenth century and the shifts in religious, political, scientific, literary, economic, social, and moral culture that they brought about. The book does so through the fascinating story of one family and their locality: the Cowpers of Hertford. Their dramatic history contains a murder mystery, bigamy, a scandal novel, and a tyrannized wife, all set against a backdrop of violently competing local factions, rampant religious prejudice, and the last conviction of a witch in England. Spencer Cowper was accused of murdering ... More

Keywords: revolution, religious prejudice, Cowper, scandal, Henry Sacheverell, religious toleration, Jane Wenham, witchcraft, Enlightenment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577958
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199577958.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Knights, author
Professor of History, University of Warwick