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Early Modern England 1485-1714, 3rd Edition




Early Modern England 1485-1714, 3rd Edition

Robert Bucholz, Newton Key

ISBN: 978-1-118-53222-5 December 2019 Wiley-Blackwell 472 Pages

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The new, fully-updated edition of the popular introduction to the Tudor-Stuart period—offers fresh scholarship and improved readability. 

Early Modern England 1485-1714 is the market-leading introduction to the Tudor-Stuart period of English history. This accessible and engaging volume enables readers to understand the political, religious, cultural, and socio-economic forces that propelled the nation from small feudal state to preeminent world power. The authors, leading scholars and teachers in the field, have designed the text for those with little or no prior knowledge of the subject. The book’s easy-to-follow narrative explores the world the English created and inhabited between the 15th and 18th centuries. 

This new edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest scholarship on the subject, such as Henry VIII’s role in the English Reformation and the use of gendered language by Elizabeth I. A new preface addresses the theme of periodization, while revised chapters offer fresh perspectives on proto-industrialization in England, economic developments in early modern London, merchants and adventurers in the Middle East, the popular cultural life of ordinary people, and more. Offering a lively, reader-friendly narrative of the period, this text: 

  • Offers a wide-ranging overview of two and half centuries of English history in one volume
  • Highlights how social and cultural changes affected ordinary English people at various stages of the time period
  • Explores how the Irish, Scots, and Welsh affected English history
  • Features maps, charts, genealogies and illustrations throughout the text
  • Includes access to a companion website containing online resources

Early Modern England 1485-1714 is an indispensable resource for undergraduate students in early modern England courses, as well as students in related fields such as literature and Renaissance studies.

List of Plates vii

List of Maps ix

Preface to the Third Edition xi

Preface to the Second Edition xv

Preface to the First Edition xvii

Acknowledgments xxi

Conventions and Abbreviations xxiii

Introduction: England and its People, ca. 1485 1

1 Establishing the Henrician Regime, 1485–1525 33

2 (Dis‐)Establishing the Henrician Church, 1525–1536 67

3 Reformations and Counter‐Reformations, 1536–1558 95

4 The Elizabethan Settlement and Its Challenges, 1558–1585 121

5 The Elizabethan Triumph and Unsettlement, 1585–1603 143

6 Merrie Olde England?, ca. 1603 163

7 The Early Stuarts and the Three Kingdoms, 1603–1642 221

8 Civil War, Revolution, and the Search for Stability, 1642–1660 261

9 Restoration and Revolution, 1660–1689 291

10 War and Politics, 1689–1714 331

Conclusion: Augustan Polity, Society, and Culture, ca. 1714 369

Chapter 0 ‘Medieval Prologue: the Wars of the Roses and their Antecedents,1377–1845’ Available online at

Glossary 411

Select Bibliography 421

Appendix: Genealogies 437

1 The Yorkists and Lancastrians 438

2 The Tudors and Stuarts 439

3 The Stuarts and Hanoverians 440

Index 441