The Nature of the English Revolution Revisited

The Nature of the English Revolution Revisited

Essays in Honour of John Morrill

Edited by Stephen Taylor, Grant Tapsell


Boydell Press



New insights into the nature of the seventeenth-century English revolution - one of the most contested issues in early modern British history.
The nature of the seventeenth-century English revolution remains one of the most contested of all historical issues. Scholars are unable to agree on what caused it, when precisely it happened, how significant it was in terms of political, social, economic, and intellectual impact, or even whether it merits being described as a "revolution" at all. Over the past twenty years these debates have become more complex, but also richer. This volume brings together new essays by a group of leading scholars of the revolutionary period and will provide readers with a provocative and stimulating introduction to current research. All the essays engage with one or more of three themes which lie at the heart of recent debate: the importance of the connection between individuals and ideas; the power and influence of religious ideas; and the most appropriate chronological context for discussion of the revolution.

STEPHEN TAYLOR is Professor in the History of Early Modern England at the University of Durham.

GRANT TAPSELL is Lecturer in Early Modern History, University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor at Lady Margaret Hall.

Contributors: Philip Baker, J. C. Davis, Kenneth Fincham, Rachel Foxley, Tim Harris, Ethan H. Shagan, John Spurr, Grant Tapsell, Stephen Taylor, Tim Wales, John Walter, Blair Worden

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June 2013
5 line illustrations
310 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History
ISBN: 9781843838180
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS015000, HIS037040, HIS031000
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Table of Contents

Charles I and Public Opinion on the Eve of the English Civil War - Tim Harris
Rethinking Moderation in the English Revolution: The Case of n Apologeticall Narration - Ethan H. Shagan
The Parish and the Poor in the English Revolution - Tim Wales
Body Politics in the English Revolution - John D. Walter
The Franchise Debate Revisited: The Levellers and the Army - Philip Baker
Oliver Cromwell and the Instrument of Government - Blair Worden
'de te Fabula narratur': the Narrative Constitutionalism of James Harrington's Oceana - J.C. Davis
Democracy in 1659: Harrington and the Good Old Cause - Rachel Foxley
Ordination, Re-ordination, Conformity and the Restoration of the Church of England, 1660-1662 - Stephen Taylor and Kenneth Fincham
Style, Wit and Religion in Restoration England - John Spurr
A British Patriarchy? Ecclesiastical Imperialism under the Later Stuart - Grant Tapsell


A very strong collection which offers rich testimony to the breadth and importance of John Morrill's work on Stuart Britain and which makes an important contribution to the history of British political culture. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

In contrast to many collections, the essays in The Nature of the English Revolution are (without exception) cogent and deeply researched. Together, they show how the powerful ideologies of the age were related to the practicalities of constitutional arrangements, polemical exchanges, correspondence networks, clerical ordinations, local elections, and gestural regimes. MILTON QUARTERLY

A collection worthy of a wide readership. ARCHIVES

An extremely rich and diverse collection of essays...which offers a range of intriguing reflections on the causes and consequences of the English revolution. PARLIAMENTARY HISTORY

A magnificent tribute to a master historian. HISTORY

This attractive collection of essays does much to communicate the political, religious, cultural, and social aspects of the English Revolution from a variety of angles. RENAISSANCE QUARTERLY

[A] well-researched, thoughtful exploration. MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

A meaty collection of essays. NORTHERN HISTORY

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