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Devil: A New Biography

by Philip Almond I.B.Tauris
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It is often said that the devil has all the best tunes. He also has as many names as he has guises. Lucifer, Mephistopheles, Beelzebub (in Christian thought), Ha-Satan or the Adversary (in Jewish scripture) and Iblis or Shaitan (in Islamic tradition) has throughout the ages and across civilizations been a compelling and charismatic presence.

For two thousand years the supposed reign of God has been challenged by the fiery malice of his opponent, as contending forces of good and evil have between them weighed human souls in the balance. In this rich and multi-textured biography, Philip C Almond explores the figure of the devil from the first centuries of the Christian era through the rise of classical demonology and witchcraft persecutions to the modern post-Enlightenment 'decline' of Hell. The author shows that the Prince of Darkness, in all his incarnations, remains an irresistible subject in history, religion, art, literature and culture.
‘fascinating and tragic... A real eye-opener’ - Jill Paton Walsh,
author of Knowledge of Angels, shortlisted for the Booker Prize
‘Lucid... Coolly analytical... As Almond points out, in popular
culture the Devil still repeatedly rides out.’ – The Times
‘An excellent work…a fascinating examination of the role of
the Devil through human history.’ – David Barrett, The Catholic
‘Almond tells this complicated story succinctly and clearly,
taking us through all the twists and turns with an unwavering
eye.’ – Peter Stanford, The Table
Philip C Almond is Emeritus Professor of Religion in the University of Queensland. His previous books include The Witches of Warboys: An Extraordinary Story of Sorcery, Sadism and Satanic Possession (2008), England's First Demonologist: Reginald Scot and 'The Discoverie of Witchcraft' (2011) and The Lancashire Witches: A Chronicle of Sorcery and Death on Pendle Hill (2012), all published by I.B.Tauris.