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The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart Britain

The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart Britain

by John Morrill
     
 

Britain under the reign of the Tudors and Stuarts was a country marked by extraordinary and dramatic change. These were the centuries of the Reformation, civil wars, and two revolutions; a time of upheaval that saw the trials and executions of two monarchs, two wives of a king, and two Archbishops of Canterbury; and a time of religious controversy that resulted in

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Britain under the reign of the Tudors and Stuarts was a country marked by extraordinary and dramatic change. These were the centuries of the Reformation, civil wars, and two revolutions; a time of upheaval that saw the trials and executions of two monarchs, two wives of a king, and two Archbishops of Canterbury; and a time of religious controversy that resulted in the torture or burning of hundreds of ordinary people. But this was also the time that saw an explosion of literacy and the printed word, transformations in landscapes and townscapes, new forms of wealth, new structures of power, and new forms of political participation that freed minds and broadened horizons in the generations from 1485 to 1689. In this exciting and richly illustrated new work, eighteen leading scholars explore the political, social, religious, and cultural history of this tumultuous time.
From the maneuverings of rulers and powerbrokers, both religious and secular, to the profound social and cultural changes that affected the lives of ordinary men and women throughout Britain—indeed, throughout the world—The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart Britain offers the most authoritative history of this great age ever published.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The text is well written.... the comprehensive bibliography will be of great value to those who wish to do further research."— School Library Journal

"Nicely integrates the text with hundreds of images of the Tudor and Stuart dynasties."—Booklist

Library Journal
Both Cressy (Religion and Society in Early Modern England, Routledge, 1996) and Morrill (editor of The Birth of the Elizabethan Age, Blackwell, 1993) provide current scholarly insights into early modern England. Cressy writes for the specialist, while Morrill writes for the educated reader. Cressy's study of the life cycle in Tudor-Stuart England should be read by all serious students of the period interested in history from the bottom up. This work remains entertaining while depicting the pace of social change in the ordinary activities of real people and the divisive social issues that caused conflict among the 16th- and 17th-century English. Cressy provides solid evidence of the key importance ritual played as society coped with implementing the Reformation, and he demonstrates his scholarly depth by a judicious recognition of the diversity of experiences and viewpoints found in early modern England. Morrill has assembled an impressive list of scholars to provide both a chronological and a topical overview of the period. To broaden his work's appeal, he includes a high-quality collection of color plates and appropriate maps; he also offers useful study helps in his chronology, glossary, and in-depth bibliography. Recommended for academic reading and reference collections in liberal arts colleges.Susan A. Stussy, Kansas City, Kan.
School Library Journal
YAA collection of essays by the leading experts on 16th- and 17th-century Great Britain. Each chapter examines a different topic, such as education, the theater, religion, and the mind-sets of both the ordinary people and the nobility. The last five chapters place the discussions in perspective through a detailed survey of the major events of the two centuries. The text is well written but scholarly; the book contains over 280 well-placed color plates, contemporary prints, photographs, and maps that help to illuminate the information. The comprehensive bibliography will be of great value to those who wish to do further research.Robert Burnham, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192893277
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/01/1900
Series:
Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

John Stephen Morrill is Reader in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge. The author or editor of 14 books, he is Vice President of the Royal Historical Society.

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