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England in the Seventeenth Century

Ashley, Maurice; Maurice Ashley (Author)

Published by Penguin Books, Baltimore, MD, 1966
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267 pp. Solidly bound copy with moderate external wear, crisp pages and clean text. Moderate foxing on page edges. Synopsis: The Road to England II The Classes and the Masses III Climates of Opinion IV The Reign of King James I, 1603-25 V King Charles I and the "Eleven Years' Tyranny", 1625-40 VI The Great Civil War, 1640-49 VII Oliver Cromwell and the Interregnum, 1649-60 VIII A Ferment of Ideas, 1640-60 IX King Charles II and the Wards Against the Dutch, 1660-74 X The Beginnings of Political Parties, 1674-85 XI The Age of Experiment, 1660-89 XII King James II and the Glorious Revolution, 1685-9 XIII King William III and Queen Mary II, 1689-1702 XIV Queen Anne and the War Against France, 1702-13 XV The Peace of Utrecht and the Growth of the First British Empire XVI England Under Queen Anne; The Augustan Age XVII Epilogue: The Death of Queen Anne; Bibliography; Index. SYNOPSIS: The political and constitutional changes in this epoch were remarkable. Thus when King James I came to the throne in 1603, he exercised wide and undefined powers, including the right to suspend the law. When Queen Anne died in 1714, the powers of the Crown had been reduced by statute, the monarch had ceased to be his own first Minister, and the House of Commons had become pre-eminent in the State. In the author's opinion, the Interregnum in the middle of the century, far from being a backwater in our history, marked a turn in the river. With the rise of science, the gradual acceptance of the idea of liberty of conscience, the invention of realist political theories by Hobbes and Harrington, and the spread of Puritan nonconformity, the whole field of thought and complexion of life was transformed. Dr. Ashley discusses the movements not only in politics and common history, but in the arts and in literature, and their fore-shadowings of our world of today. Maurice Ashley is editor of the Listener. Educated at St Paul's School, London, and New College, Oxford, where he was a Scholar, he took a First Class in modern history. While acting as historical research assistant to Sir Winston Churchill, when he was engaged in his Life and Times of Marlborough, Mr Ashley also obtained his D.Phil. at Oxford for a thesis on Financial and Commercial Policy Under the Cromwellian Protectorate, reprinted with a new introduction in 1962. Before the war he was on the editorial staff, first of the Manchester Guardian and then of The Times. He is president of the Cromwell Association in succession to the late Isaac Foot. During the war he enlisted as a private in the Grenadier Guards and ended as a major in the Intelligence Corps. His books include Life in Stuart England, Great Britain to 1688, The Greatness of Oliver Cromwell, Cromwell's Generals, and short studies of Marlborough, Louis XIV and the Greatness of France, and Oliver Cromwell and the Puritan Revolution. Bookseller Inventory # 2iiAf0010

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Title: England in the Seventeenth Century

Publisher: Penguin Books, Baltimore, MD

Publication Date: 1966

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: Reprinted 1966

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