This is a study of the city of Exeter during the Great Civil War of 1642-46; it offers a lively, immediate account of how one English city slid, inexorably, into the chaos of civil war. The book shows how Exeter's inhabitants first began to dissent from each other over religious issues, then became divided into two warring camps, and finally, after three years of bitter conflict, witnessed much of the ancient city being destroyed about their ears. The main text is accompanied by a generous collection of transcripts from original seventeenth-century documents. These have been specially selected to illuminate the war's effect on ordinary men and women, and to show how closely engaged they were with the national politico-religious debate. This book will be of interest to all serious students of the English Civil War, while at the same time being accessible to a non-specialist audience.
|Publisher:||University of Exeter Press|
|Series:||University of Exeter Press - Exeter Studies in History Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Mark Stoyle is Professor of early modern history at the University of Southampton. He specialises in early modern British history, with particular research interests in the 'British crisis' of the 1640s; cultural, ethnic and religious identity in Wales and Cornwall between 1450 and 1700; and popular memory of the English Civil War from 1660 to the present day.
Table of Contents
1. The centre, heart and head of the West- Exeter before the Civil War 2. Zealous to advance God's glory - Ingnatius Jurdain and the puritan dynamic 3. The times grow more dangerous - descent into war 4. Rebel city: Parliamentarian Exeter
" reduced into the power of his sacred majesties"
5. Close begirt - the final siege 6. Conclusion Documents Tables