God Speed the Plough: The Representation of Agrarian England, 1500-1660

God Speed the Plough: The Representation of Agrarian England, 1500-1660

by Andrew McRae
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521453798

ISBN-13: 9780521453790

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book presents a fresh view of crucial processes of change, offering through an interdisciplinary analysis fresh insights into both the history and literature of the land in early modern England. It examines a wide range of source material concerned with the practices and values of rural England—sermons, pamphlets, satiric verse and drama, husbandry and

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This book presents a fresh view of crucial processes of change, offering through an interdisciplinary analysis fresh insights into both the history and literature of the land in early modern England. It examines a wide range of source material concerned with the practices and values of rural England—sermons, pamphlets, satiric verse and drama, husbandry and surveying manuals, chorographic texts, and rural poetry. It traces important developments in patterns of representation, which at once parallel and promote the nation's shift toward modern standards of individualism and mercantilism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521453790
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Past and Present Publications Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Versions of Moral Economy: 1. Covetousness in the countryside: agrarian complaint and mid-Tudor reform; 2. Moral economics and the Tudor-Stuart Church; 3. The rural vision of Renaissance satire; 4. Agrarian communism; Part II. Imperatives of Improvement: 5. Husbandry manuals and agrarian improvement; 6. 'To know one's own': the discourse of the estate surveyor; 7. Georgic economics; Part III. The Profits and Pleasures of the Land: 8. Chorography: the view from the gentleman's seat; 9. Rural poetics; Bibliography.

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