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A Companion to Tudor Britain

Robert Tittler (Editor), Norman Jones (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8974-3
608 pages
January 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Tudor Britain provides an authoritative overview of historical debates about this period, focusing on the whole British Isles.
  • An authoritative overview of scholarly debates about Tudor Britain
  • Focuses on the whole British Isles, exploring what was common and what was distinct to its four constituent elements
  • Emphasises big cultural, social, intellectual, religious and economic themes
  • Describes differing political and personal experiences of the time
  • Discusses unusual subjects, such as the sense of the past amongst British constituent identities, the relationship of cultural forms to social and political issues, and the role of scientific inquiry
  • Bibliographies point readers to further sources of information
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List of Plates x

List of Maps xi

Notes on Contributors xiii

Preface and Acknowledgements xvii

Introduction 1

Robert Tittler and Norman Jones

Part I Government and Politics.

Introduction 9

1 The Establishment of the Tudor Dynasty 13
David Grummitt

2 The Rise of the Tudor State 29
Joseph S. Block

3 Elizabethan Government and Politics 44
David Dean

4 The Court 61
Retha Warnicke

5 Law 77
DeLloyd J. Guth

6 County Government in England 98
Steve Hindle

7 Town and City Government 116
Catherine F. Patterson

8 Centre and Periphery in the Tudor State 133
Steven G. Ellis

9 Politics and Government of Scotland 151
Jenny Wormald

10 Anglo-Scottish Relations: Security and Succession 167
Jane E. A. Dawson

11 Britain and the Wider World 182
David Potter

Part II Belief.

Introduction 203

12 Traditional Religion 207
Ben R. McRee

13 The Dissolutions and their Aftermath 221
Peter Cunich

14 Religious Settlements 238
Norman Jones

15 Catholics and Recusants 254
William Sheils

16 The Protestant Opposition to Elizabethan Religious Reform 271
Peter Iver Kaufman

17 The Scottish Reformation 289
Michael Graham

Part III People and Groups.

Introduction 309

18 Rural Economy and Society 311
R. W. Hoyle

19 The Urban Economy 330
Alan Dyer

20 Metropolitan London 347
Joseph P. Ward

21 Society and Social Relations in British Provincial Towns 363
Robert Tittler

22 Women in the British Isles in the Sixteenth Century 381
Anne Laurence

Part IV Culture.

Introduction 403

23 Senses of the Past in Tudor Britain 407
Daniel Woolf

24 Tudor Drama, Theatre and Society 430
Alexandra F. Johnston

25 Portraiture, Politics and Society 448
Robert Tittler

26 Architecture, Politics and Society 470
Malcolm Airs

27 Music, Politics and Society 492
John Milsom

28 Science and Technology 509
Lesley B. Cormack

Bibliography 526

Index 563

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Robert Tittler is Professor of History at Concordia University. His recent publications include The Reformation and the Towns in England: Politics and Political Culture c. 1540–1640 (1998) and Townspeople and Nation: English Urban Experiences, 1540–1640 (2001). He is co-founder and Chair of the Montreal British History Seminar and Chair of the Executive Board of Records of Early English Drama.

Norman Jones is Professor and Chair of History at Utah State University. His recent publications include The Birth of the Elizabethan Age: England in the 1560s (Blackwell, 1992) and The English Reformation: Religion and Cultural Adaptation (Blackwell, 2002).

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  • An authoritative overview of scholarly debates about Tudor Britain
  • Focuses on the whole British Isles, exploring what was common and what was distinct to its four constituent elements
  • Emphasises big cultural, social, intellectual, religious, and economic themes
  • Describes differing political and personal experiences of the time
  • Discusses unusual subjects, such as the sense of the past amongst British constituent identities, the relationship of cultural forms to social and political issues, and the role of scientific inquiry
  • Bibliographies point readers to further sources of information
See More
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