Politics, Religion and Popularity in Early Stuart Britain: Essays in Honour of Conrad Russell

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Revisionism has had a far-reaching impact upon the history of politics and religion in early Stuart Britain. These collected essays assess revisionism and address a series of themes arising out of recent debates on the causes of the English Civil War. Topics covered include the character of Charles I's kingship; the place of Parliament in the political system; the divisive legacy of the English Reformation; and the problems posed by trying to unite England with Scotland and Ireland.
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"[T]his is a volume worthy of its honoree. [A]nyone interested in early seventeenth-century English politics or religion will find much of interest here...a brilliant demonstration of how to do a close textual reading as well as a model of lively historical prose." Eric Josef Carlson, Gustavus Adolphus College, Albion

"Their introduction serves as a valuable primer on the origins, issues, and arguments in defense of a revisionist approach, as well as on Russell's distinct contributions. [T]he editors manage to include essays that reflect the great breadth of Russell's own scholarly inquiry. Most essays are of high quality and have implications relevant to a wide range of scholars. The volume is a fitting tribute to Earl Russell." Lisa McClain, Boise State University, Sixteenth Century Journal

"...a truly inspiring collection of essays...a must read for anyone interested in the field. It is a tribute to Russell's own intellectual stature that he has been able to inspire such a superb collection of essays in his honor." American Historical Review

"This collection of essays compellingly illustrates the current sophistication and complexity of early Stuart political and religious historiography, and sets out several paths for future exploration." H-Net Review

"It is tempting to praise this collection for its contribution to understanding politico-religious dynamcis in the causes of the English Civil War and early Stuart history. The essays in this book doubtless will provoke further inquiry and debate. Perhaps that is itself tribute to Russell." Renaissance Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521807005
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Cogswell is Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside. His publications include The Blessed Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 1989).

Richard Cust is Senior Lecturer in Modern History, University of Birmingham. His publications include The Forced Loan and English Politics 1626-8 (Oxford University Press,1987).

Peter Lake is Professor of History, Princeton University. He is the author of Moderate Puritans and the Elizabethan Church (1982), Anglicans and Puritans (1988, The Boxmakers Revenge (2001 and Protestants, Papists and Players in Reformation England (forthcoming from Yale University Press, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Revisionism and its legacies: the work of Conrad Russell Thomas Cogswell, Richard Cust and Peter Lake; Part I. Politics: 1. Puritan politicians and King James VI and I, 1587–1604 Nicholas Tyacke; 2. The sacred, the profane and the Union: politics of sermon and masque at the court wedding of Lord and Lady Hay Lori Anne Ferrell; 3. Capital life: Members of Parliament outside the House Pauline Croft; 4. The personal rule of James I, 1611–20 Andrew Thrush; 5. Profiting from misfortune: corruption and the Admiralty under the early Stuarts David D. Hebb; 6. Negotiating grace Cynthia Herrup; Part II. Religion: 7. The pastoral tightrope: a Puritan pedagogue in Jacobean London Julia F. Merritt; 8. The creation of Laudianism: a new approach Anthony Milton; 9. Provincial preaching and allegiance in the first English Civil War Jacqueline Eales; Part III. Popularity: 10. The people's love: the Duke of Buckingham and popularity Thomas Cogswell; 11. Charles I and popularity Richard Cust; 12. Puritans, popularity and petitions: local politics in national context: Cheshire 1641 Peter Lake; A bibliography of the principal published writings of Conrad Russell, 1962–2002 Richard Cust and Elizabeth Russell.
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