The Yeoman in Tudor and Stuart England

The Yeoman in Tudor and Stuart England

The Yeoman in Tudor and Stuart England

The Yeoman in Tudor and Stuart England

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HISTORIANS, long at odds on an appropriate starting point for modern history, have frequently chosen the sixteenth century as that time when Europe dramatically burst from her medieval prison. Although these scholars fortify their thesis with accounts of discovery, religious reformation, Machiavellian statecraft, economic revolution, and cultural renaissance, they have not satisfactorily explained lingering medieval influences. Possibly the very reason that it was a century when old and new ideas explosively collided accounts for its true significance. In that fluid age old values-whether religious, ethical, economic, or political-were either brutally discarded or valiantly defended; there seemed no place for neutrals. Contemporaries, often bewildered by forces beyond their comprehension, lived, as do we of the twentieth century, in an "age of anxiety."

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