ABSTRACT

Bernard Capp and Margaret Spu ord rst demonstrated the importance of ballads, chapbooks, almanacs and jestbooks for tracing the evolution of popular belief, and these initial insights have been enhanced in recent years by important contributions from Tessa Watt, Alexandra Walsham and Peter Lake, who have outlined the complexity of the cheap print market, its modes of distribution and the extent of its impact on wider society.3 Nonetheless, the Restoration marketplace of cheap print remains relatively unstudied. ose historians that have focused on these years have generally utilized these sources to gauge popular political involvement during the English civil war and the events of 1688. To date, no work has analysed the relationship between cheap print and ghost beliefs.