Stuart England

Stuart England

Stuart England

Stuart England

Synopsis

This is an invaluable introduction to the political, religious and social history of 17th century England, providing a wide-ranging and lively account of core events drawing on contemporary sources and modern interpretations.

Excerpt

The seventeenth century is a dramatic period of English history, and events such as the Civil War, the execution of the King, the rise of Cromwell and the Glorious Revolution have excited the comment of innumerable historians over the centuries. Despite this, it is not always easy for the first-time student to pick their way through the alternative explanations that such commentators provide. In order to do this, it is necessary to have a grasp of the main events and phenomena of the period, of how contemporaries viewed the issues and personalities of the day, and an understanding of the differing perspectives from which historians have written over time. This book aims to provide all three.

An outline of seventeenth-century England

The key features and events of this period are provided by the timeline overleaf. While it is important to have an idea of chronology, and a grasp of the period as a whole, the student should also be aware of the danger of ‘reading history backwards’. That is, because you know that something particular is going to happen, there is a temptation to see everything that goes before it as leading up to and into that event. This is particularly the case with something like the Civil War, and the other focal points of the seventeenth century. We should be careful not to assume that there was anything inevitable about the execution of Charles I, the role of Cromwell, or the overthrow of James II. It is most unlikely that contemporaries in 1603 had any more notion of what was likely to happen in 1642, than we have of what the mid-twentyfirst century has in store.

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