Prophecy, Politics and the People in Early Modern England

Prophecy, Politics and the People in Early Modern England

Tim Thornton

Hardback
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Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

A study of prophetic traditions in early modern England, their influence and popularity.
The influence of the non-Biblical vernacular prophetic traditions in early modern England was considerable; they had both a mass appeal, and a specific relevance to the conduct of politics by elites. Focussing particularly on Mother Shipton, the Cheshire prophet Nixon, and Merlin, this book considers the origins of these prophetic traditions, their growth and means of transmission, and the way various groups in society responded to them and in turn tried to control them. Dr Thornton also sheds light on areas where popular culture and politics were uneasily interlinked: the powerful political influence of those outside elite groups; the variations in political culture across the country; and the considerable continuing power of mystical, supernatural, and 'non-rational' ideas in British social and political life into the nineteenth century.
Dr TIM THORNTON teaches at the University of Huddersfield where he is head of department, History, English, Languages and Media.

Details

September 2006
280 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843832591
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC JFC, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3J
BISAC HIS037030
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Reviews

Represents solid scholarship and interacts with various opinions regarding ancient prophecy. CHURCH HISTORY JOURNAL
A highly reliable report on the decline of magic and the effect of that on politics in the minds of the non-elite. CHRONIQUE
Lively and informative. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
A mine of ideas and source material. ARTHURIANA A broad-ranging, well-researched and thought provoking book. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

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