Fairies and the Devil in early modern England

  title={Fairies and the Devil in early modern England},
  author={D. Oldridge},
  journal={The Seventeenth Century},
  pages={1 - 15}
  • D. Oldridge
  • Published 2016
  • History
  • The Seventeenth Century
  • ABSTRACT This article considers the fate of fairies in late-Elizabethan and seventeenth-century England. Specifically, it asks whether these “doubtful spirits” were demonised in the period. Drawing on a wide selection of devotional, literary, and demonological texts, the article argues that English Protestants associated fairies with Satan, but this did not necessarily imply that fairies were reclassified as demons. Rather, they were embedded in a complex of beliefs that connected them with… CONTINUE READING
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