From Counter-Reformation to Glorious Revolution / Edition 2

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This collection is the third in a series which gathers the best historical essays of Hugh Trevor-Roper, considered by many the unequalled master of the form.

The pieces here range from an account of the Jesuit Matteo Ricci's mission in China in the sixteenth century to a discussion of the Anglo-Scottish Union. They include essays on medicine at the early Stuart Court, on the plunder of artistic treasures in Europe during the wars of the seventeenth century, on the plans of Hugo Grotius to create a new universal church on an Anglican base, on the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and religious toleration thereafter. There are also biographical studies of Archbishop Laud, Matthew Wren, the Earl of Clarendon, and Prince Rupert.

As Noel argument wrote in Our Age, Hugh Trevor-Roper has "perfected the historical essay as the most beguiling form of enlightening readers about the past. He is the most eloquent, sophisticated and assured historian of Our Age, and has never written an inelegant sentence or produced an incoherent arguement."

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Editorial Reviews

A collection of essays, the third in a series, by the renowned Cambridge historian. Published 1970-91 (one first published here), they generally revolve around religious controversies in Britain, but also include such topics as medicine at the early (to the English) Stuart court, plundering art in the 17th century, and a 16th-century Jesuit mission to China. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226812304
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugh Trevor-Roper (1914-2003) was an English historian of early modern Britain and Nazi Germany and Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford. He authored many books, but is probably best known for The Last Days of Hitler, published only two years after the end of the war.

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Table of Contents

1. A Spiritual Conquest? Matteo Ricci in China
2. Sustaining an Empire: Two Spanish Imperial Statesmen
3. Medicine at the Early Stuart Court
4. Hugh Grotius and England
5. The Church of England and the Greek Church in the Time of Charles I
6. The Plunder of the Arts in the Seventeenth Century
7. Archbishop Laud in Retrospect
8. 'Little Pope Regulus": Matthew Wren, Bishop of Norwich and Ely
9. Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon
10. Prince Rupert, the Cavalier
11. The Continuity of the English Revolution
12. The Glorious Revolution of 1688
13. Our First Whig Historian: Paul de Rapin-Thoyras
14. Religious Toleration in England after 1688
15. The Anglo-Scottish Union

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