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The Battle of the Frogs and Fairford's Flies: Miracles and the Pulp Press during the English Revolution. By Jerome Friedman (New York, St. Martin's Press, 1993) 304 pp. $45.00 cloth $16.95 paper
In this curiously titled book, Friedman examines pulp material during the English Revolution. Although it may not contain the high culture or profound ideas that many historians prefer, this material was important, if only because of its ubiquity. Between 1640 and 1660 over 500 pamphlets and news books appeared; at times they could make today's tabloids seem almost sober journals of record by comparison.
They contain tittle-tattle of celebrities and assassinations. The …