The Battle of the Frogs and Fairford's Flies: Miracles and the Pulp Press During the English Revolution

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Through a close study of some 500 newsbooks and pulp publications produced from 1640 to 1660, Friedman investigates why Englishmen outside Parliamentary circles were only incidentally concerned with the political, economic, and religious questions that have so preoccupied scholars of the period. And why, instead, the bestselling issues concerned witches, prodigies, apparitions, divine curses, the readmittance of Jews to England, and an obsession with converting the Turks to Christianity. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Jerome Friedman is a professor in the Department of History, Kent State University.

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Through an examination of hundreds of newsbooks and pulp publications, Friedman, who has previously published on the Ranters during the English Civil War, seeks to understand the mind of the ordinary English person between 1640 and 1660. He concludes that Puritan reform and regicide were unpopular, making the Restoration inevitable. He offers a fascinating account of the content of pulp literature of the period and rightly compares the works to the modern tabloid in terms of content and audience. Friedman's revelations about popular culture will appeal to a readers with a wide range of interests, including social and political history and the history of the book.
- Joseph Rosenblum, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro
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