Popular Culture and Political Agency in Early Modern England and Ireland

Popular Culture and Political Agency in Early Modern England and Ireland

Essays in Honour of John Walter

Edited by Michael J. Braddick, Phil Withington

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An outstanding collection, bringing together some of the leading historians of this period with some of the field's rising stars, which examines key issues in popular politics, the negotiation of power, strategies of legitimation, and the languages of politics.
One of the most notable currents in social, cultural and political historiography is the interrogation of the categories of 'elite' and 'popular' politics and their relationship to each other, as well as the exploration of why and how different sorts of people engaged with politics and behaved politically. While such issues are timeless, they hold a special importance for a society experiencing rapid political and social change, like early modern England. No one has done more to define these agendas for early modern historians than John Walter. His work has been hugely influential, and at its heart has been the analysis of the political agency of ordinary people. The essays in this volume engage with the central issues of Walter's work, ranging across the politics of poverty, dearth and household, popular political consciousness and practice more broadly, and religion and politics during the English revolution. This outstanding collection, bringing together some of the leading historians of this period with some of the field's rising stars, will appeal to anyone interested in the social, cultural and political history of early modern England or issues of popular political consciousness and behaviour more generally.

MICHAEL J. BRADDICK is professor of history at the University of Sheffield. PHIL WITHINGTON is professor of history at the University of Sheffield.

CONTRIBUTORS: Michael J. Braddick, J. C. Davis, Amanda Flather, Steve Hindle, Mark Knights, John Morrill, Alexandra Shepard, Paul Slack, Richard M. Smith, Clodagh Tait, Keith Thomas, Phil Withington, Andy Wood, Keith Wrightson.

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March 2017
2 black and white, 1 line illustrations
329 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History
ISBN: 9781783271719
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HBJD1, 1DB, 2AB, 3J
BISAC HIS015000, HIS037040
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Michael Braddick and Phil Withington
John Walter and the social history of early modern England - Keith Thomas
Contrasting susceptibility to famine in early fourteenth- and late sixteenth-century England: the significance of late medieval rural social structural and village governmental changes - Richard Smith
The politics of English political economy in the 1620s - Paul Slack
Provision, household management and the moral authority of wives and mothers in early modern England - Alexandra Shepard
Popular senses of past time: dating events in the North Country, 1615-1631 - Keith Wrightson
Spectral lordship, popular memory and the boggart of Towneley Hall - Andy Wood
Self-image and public image in the career of a Jacobean magistrate Sir John Newdigate in the Court of Star Chamber - Steve Hindle
Gender, agency and religious change in early Stuart England - Amanda J. Flather
'A Standard which can never fail us': the Golden Rule and the construction of a public transcript in early modern England - J.C. Davis
Religion, anti-popery and corruption - Mark Knights
An 'Aristotelian moment': democracy in early modern England - Phil Withington
John Lilburne and political agency in revolutionary England - Michael Braddick
An Irish Protestation? Oaths and the Confederation of Kilkenny - John Morrill
'Whereat his wife tooke great greef & died': dying of sorrow and killing in anger in seventeenth-century Ireland - Clodagh Tait

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