The University of Cambridge and the English Revolution, 1625-1688
An investigation into political and religious change at the university during the years 1625-88.
This is an investigation into political and religious change in the University during the years 1625-88. Cambridge was a training ground both for the clergy and for the sons of the ruling classes; great interest was therefore taken in its affairs by political and ecclesiastical authorities. Changes there reflected, and sometimes anticipated, developments at national level. Dr Twigg charts a careful course through politically-inspired purges, religious reforms, financial uncertainty, and the general disruption caused by the Civil War. [East Anglian]This book will appeal to all those interested in the University of Cambridge and its history. As an important training ground for the ruling élites of early modern England -the clergy and the upper classes -Cambridge could not escape the effects of the English Revolution, but although severely disrupted by the Civil War and purged of members who would not accept the successive changes being wrought in church and state, the university managed nonetheless to survive and subsequently even to flourish once more. This book examines the relationship between Cambridge and the various ruling powers during the revolutionary decades and looks at the reactions of university men to the shifting religious and political climate of the times.
"Meticulously researched and carefully considered... a clear account of how the reverberations of the great political and religious upheavals of the 17th century were reflected in the microcosm of Cambridge... has greatly enhanced our understanding of the character and dynamics of `the century of revolution'. A first-rate piece of institutional history... many fascinating insights throughout the book, also a mass of important biographical information. A distinguished first volume in [the] series. The story is a fascinating one, and is told with undramatic scrupulousness, thoroughly annotated and with many helpful tables. A major new series under the capable general editorship of Patrick Zutshi... important not only for historians of the university, but for all those concerned with English history in this period." ARCHIVES