The Political History of the Devil

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The Political History of the Devil is a 1726 book by Daniel Defoe.[1]

General scholarly opinion is that Defoe really did think of the Devil as a participant in world history. He spends some time discussing John Milton's Paradise Lost and explaining why he considers it inaccurate.

His view is that of an 18th-century Presbyterian – he blames the Devil for the Crusades and sees him as close to Europe's Catholic powers. The book was banned by the Roman Catholic Church.[2]


The book is listed as one belonging to Mr. Tulliver and read by his daughter Maggie in George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss.[3]

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  1. ^ McInelly, Brett (Autumn 2006). The Political History of the Devil. Textual Cultures, 1(2): 175-177.(subscription required)
  2. ^ "BFE - Censored publications - Search result".
  3. ^ The Mill on the Floss: Book one chapter 3; Mr Riley Gives his Advice

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