Understanding Popular Violence in the English Revolution: The Colchester Plunderers

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This is a critical re-evaluation of one of the best-known episodes of crowd action in the English Revolution, in which crowds in their thousands invaded and plundered the houses of the landed classes. The so-called Stour Valley riots have become accepted as the paradigm of class hostility, determining plebeian behaviour within the Revolution. An exercise in micro-history, the book questions this dominant reading by trying to understand the interrelated contexts of local responses to the political and religious counterrevolution of the 1630s and the confessional politics of the early 1640s.
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"Based on a wealth of local and national sources, fully documented, and eminently readable, Understanding Popular Violence in the English Revolution should become a classic and find a place on the shelves of professional historians and university libraries." Elizabeth Lane Furdell, History

"...an unusually successful exercise in micro-history." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"This book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the role of the people in the English Revolution through an exercise in microhistory...This is a model study which deserves a wide readership." American Historical Review

"John Walter's splendid new book captures the reader's attention from the very first line...This is a marvelous book by a scholar at the very height of his powers: all serious students of eary modern England should read it." Albion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521022705
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2005
  • Series: Past and Present Publications Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Event 11
1 An event and its history 13
2 The attacks 31
Pt. 2 Contextualising the Crowd 69
3 The micro-politics of the attack on Sir John Lucas 71
4 The high politics of the attack on Sir John Lucas 115
Pt. 3 The Confessional Crowd 159
5 The attack on ministers 161
6 The attack on catholics 201
Pt. 4 Reading the Crowd 235
7 Cloth and class 237
8 Anti-popery and popular Parliamentarianism 285
Conclusion 331
Index 353
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