The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart Britain

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Two centuries of dramatic change are covered by this exciting and richly illustrated new work. Eighteen leading scholars explore the political, social, religious, and cultural history of the period when monarchs based in south-east England strove to extend their authority over the whole of the British Isles.

This turbulent age saw the magnificence of the Tudor sovereigns and the horrors of religious persecution, the convulsions of civil war and the brittle assertiveness of the ...

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Overview

Two centuries of dramatic change are covered by this exciting and richly illustrated new work. Eighteen leading scholars explore the political, social, religious, and cultural history of the period when monarchs based in south-east England strove to extend their authority over the whole of the British Isles.

This turbulent age saw the magnificence of the Tudor sovereigns and the horrors of religious persecution, the convulsions of civil war and the brittle assertiveness of the Restoration of the Court. From monarchs to ordinary men and women, the book explores the profound changes taking place in beliefs, power structures, and ways of life throughout Britain.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192893277
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/1/1900
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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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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Table of Contents

List of Colour Plates
List of Maps
Editor's Foreword
1 The Changing Landscape 1
2 The Consolidation of England, 1485-1603 35
3 The Tudor Borderlands, 1485-1603 53
4 Three Stuart Kingdoms, 1603-1689 74
5 Family, Household, and Community 90
6 An Educated Society 119
7 A Law-abiding and Litigious Society 139
8 The Theatre and Society 156
9 The Aritocracy and their Mental World 173
10 The Commons and their Mental Worlds 191
11 Tudor Monarchy and Political Culture 219
12 Stuart Monarchy and Political Culture 239
13 The Reformation and the Creation of the Church of England, 1500-1640 258
14 The Search for Religious Liberty, 1640-1690 293
15 Politics in an Age of Reformation, 1485-1585 310
16 Politics in an Age of Peace and War, 1570-1630 330
17 Politics in an Age of Revolution, 1630-1690 361
18 England and the World under the Tudors, 1485-1603 397
19 Britain and the World under the Stuarts, 1603-1689 416
Further Reading 433
Glosarry 443
Chronology 451
Maps 461
Family Tree 466
List of Picture Sources 469
Index 471
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