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The Experience of Revolution in Stuart Britain and Ireland

The Experience of Revolution in Stuart Britain and Ireland


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This volume ranges widely across the social, religious and political history of revolution in seventeenth-century Britain and Ireland, from contemporary responses to the outbreak of war to the critique of the post-regicidal regimes; from royalist counsels to Lilburne's politics; and across the three Stuart kingdoms. However, all the essays engage with a central issue - the ways in which individuals experienced the crises of mid seventeenth-century Britain and Ireland and what that tells us about the nature of the Revolution as a whole. Responding in particular to three influential lines of interpretation - local, religious and British - the contributors, all leading specialists in the field, demonstrate that to comprehend the causes, trajectory and consequences of the Revolution we must understand it as a human and dynamic experience, as a process. This volume reveals how an understanding of these personal experiences can provide the basis on which to build up larger frameworks of interpretation.

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ISBN-13: 9780521868969
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/09/2011
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Michael J. Braddick is Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Sheffield. His previous publications include State Formation in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and God's Fury, England's Fire: A New History of the English Civil Wars (2009).

David L. Smith is Fellow, Director of Studies in History and Graduate Tutor at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His previous publications include Parliaments and Politics During the Cromwellian Protectorate (as co-author, Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Royalists and Royalism During the Interregnum (as co-editor, 2010).

Table of Contents

JSM: a tribute to a friend Mark A. Kishlansky; Introduction: John Morrill and the experience of revolution Michael J. Braddick and David L. Smith; 1. The Scottish-English-Romish book: the character of the Scottish Prayer Book of 1637 Joong-Lak Kim; 2. Popery in perfection? The experience of Catholicism - Henrietta Maria between private practice and public discourse Dagmar Freist; 3. Sir Benjamin Rudyerd and England's 'wars of religion' David L. Smith; 4. Rhetoric and reality: images of Parliament as Great Council James S. Hart, Jr; 5. Cathedrals and the British Revolution Ian Atherton; 6. History, liberty, reformation and the cause: Parliamentarian military and ideological escalation in 1643 Michael J. Braddick; 7. Sacrilege and compromise: court divines and the king's conscience, 1642–1649 Anthony Milton; 8. Law, liberty, and the English Civil War: John Lilburne's prison experience, the Levellers and freedom D. Alan Orr; 9. On shaky ground: Quakers, Puritans, possession and high spirits Tom Webster; 10. James Harrington's prescription for healing and settling Jonathan Scott; 11. 'The Great Trappaner of England': Thomas Violet, Jews and crypto-Jews during the English Revolution and at the Restoration Ariel Hessayon; 12. The Cromwellian legacy of William Penn Mary K. Geiter; 13. Irish bishops, their biographers and the experience of revolution, 1656–1686 John McCafferty; 14. Religion and civil society: the place of the English Revolution in the development of political thought Glenn Burgess.

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