The Reformation and the Towns in England: Politics and Political Culture, c. 1540-1640

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Abbreviationsxi
Part I. Introduction1
1. English Towns in the Age of the Reformation3
2. The Ethos of Community on the Eve of Reformation23
3. Traditional Perspectives and New Approaches43
Part II. Material Implications of the Reformation57
4. Dissolution and the Strategies of Acquisition59
5. The Problem of Enabling Authority74
6. Totting Up: Local Resources after the Dissolutions103
Part III. Politics and Authority137
7. Introduction139
8. The Drive for Local Autonomy, c.1540s-1560s149
9. The Triumph of Oligarchy182
10. Oligarchic Rule210
Part IV. Political Culture in the Post- Reformation Town245
11. Introduction247
12. Political Culture and the Built Environment254
13. Oligarchic Rule and the Civic Memory270
14. The Culture of Order and Deference305
Conclusion335
Tables343
I. Incorporation of English and Welsh Boroughs, 1485-1640345
II. Incorporation and Landholding, 1540-1560348
III. Towns Bringing Particulars for Grants of Dissolved Lands350
IV. Dissolved Lands Acquired by the City of Gloucester by the Early Seventeenth Century351

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