A Brief History of Britain 1485-1660: The Tudor and Stuart Dynasties

A Brief History of Britain 1485-1660: The Tudor and Stuart Dynasties

Ronald Hutton

Language: English

Pages: 356

ISBN: 1845297040

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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The second title in the new four volume Brief History of Britain series - a new look at the Tudors and Stuarts by one of Britain's leading historians.

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From the death of Richard III on Bosworth Field in 1485 to the execution of Charles I, after the Civil Wars of 1642-48, England was transformed by two Dynasties.

Firstly the Tudors, who won the crown on the battlefield and changed both the nature of kingship but also the nation itself. England became a Protestant nation and began to establishment itself as a trading power; facing down impossible odds it defeated its enemies on land and sea. Yet after a century Elizabeth I died with no heir and the crown was passed to the Stuarts, who were keen to remould the kingdom in their own image.

Leading Historian, Ronald Hutton brilliantly recreates the political landscape over this early modern period and shows how the modern nation was forged in these anxious, transformative years. Combining skilful pen portraits of the leading figures, culture, economics and accounts of everyday life, he reveals insights in this key era in our nation's story.

This the second book in the four volume Brief History of Britain which brings together some of the leading historians to tell our nation�s story from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present-day. Combining the latest research with accessible and entertaining story telling, it is the ideal introduction for students and general readers.

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Susan Doran, Monarchy and Matrimony (Routledge, 1996) is the classic work on her courtships. The 400th anniversary of her death brought Patrick Collinson’s portrait in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004); Carole Levin, Jo Eldridge Carney and Debra Barrett Graves (eds), Elizabeth I (Ashgate, 2003); David Loades, Elizabeth 1 (Hambledon Continuum, 2003), and a set of essays in History Today (May 2003); all useful. The 2004 volume of Transactions of the Royal.

Communion. From the Elizabethan Puritans came ultimately the equally great tradition of English Protestant dissent: that of Cromwell, Milton and Bunyan, of the United Reformed Church, Baptists and Society of Friends, and of the Pilgrim Fathers and the American system of disestablished community churches. Marxist historians, in turn, took the Puritans and made them into symptoms and forces of social and economic change, breaking down establishment, hierarchy and monopoly in English life. They.

And ornaments surviving in the national Church, but almost nobody staying away from it. Attitudes began to change from the middle of that decade. In 1565, the reigning Pope ordered the English not to attend the Protestant worship, for the first time. After that the government began to put pressure on the gentry, at least, to keep attending. This in turn helped to provoke the rebellion of northern Catholics in 1569, and Elizabeth’s excommunication by the Pope. The government struck back by making.

Proceeding to the work of destruction, again as part of a process of distancing themselves from their normal roles. Enclosure rioters in the Welsh valley of Ystrad Marchell, Montgomeryshire, did exactly the same thing, without any sign of communication between the two; these were a symbolic action that ran deep enough to be instinctive. Both forms of response, the giving of spurious titles to leaders and the donning of ritual dress for riot, were to last far into the nineteenth century, when.

Security; a policy which backfired when the rents agreed were hit by the great inflation which affected Europe in the later part of the century. At the same time, both James and Charles greatly enlarged the size of the noble estate by creating many new titles. James also attempted to bring the two British kingdoms closer together, especially in the vital matter of religion. After his removal to England he persuaded the Scottish Parliament and the General Assembly of the Kirk to accept bishops.

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