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Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution - Revisited - Christopher Hill

Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution - Revisited

Paperback Published: 28th August 1980
ISBN: 9780198206682
Number Of Pages: 440

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This is a revised edition of Christopher Hill's classic and ground-breaking examination of the motivations behind the English Revolution and Civil War, first published in 1965. In addition to the text of the original, Dr Hill provides thirteen new chapters which take account of other publications since the first edition, bringing his work up-to-date in a stimulating and enjoyable way. This book poses the problem of how, after centuries of rule by King, lords, and bishops, when the thinking of all was dominated by the established church, English men and women found the courage to revolt against Charles I, abolish bishops, and execute the king in the name of his people. The far-reaching effects and the novelty of what was achieved should not be underestimated - the first legalized regicide, rather than an assassination; the formal establishment of some degree of religious toleration; Parliament taking effective control of finance and foreign policy on behalf of gentry and merchants, thus guaranteeing the finance necessary to make England the world's leading naval power; abolition of the Church's prerogative courts (confirming gentry control at a local level); and the abolition of feudal tenures, which made possible first the agricultural and then the industrial revolution. Christopher Hill examines the intellectual forces which helped to prepare minds for a revolution that was much more than the religious wars and revolts which had gone before, and which became the precedent for the great revolutionary upheavals of the future.

`This is not just a fascinating and beautifully written account of the English Revolution; it is a classic, and treats of an important crux in the history of England and the world. If to read history is an appurtenance of the civilised mind, this is an essential book.' A.C. Grayling, Financial Times

Preface to the new material Preface to the first edition Abbreviations Part I: The Original Text 1: Introduction 2: London Science and Medicine 3: Francis Bacon and the Parliamentarians 4: Ralegh - Science, History, and Politics 5: Sir Edward Coke - Myth-Maker 6: Conclusion Appendix: A Note on the Universities Part II: The New Chapters for the Revised Edition 7: Introduction: Those mighty things God hath wrought 8: Religion, Politics, and Economics 9: 10: William Tyndale and English History 11: Feudal Tenures 12: The Many-Headed Monster 13: A Three-Sided Revolution? 14: Secularization and Other Influences 15: Unfinished Business 16: Scottish Political Thought and James VI and I 17: The Norman Yoke 18: Venetian Observers 19: Literature and Revolution Postscript Index

ISBN: 9780198206682
ISBN-10: 0198206682
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 28th August 1980
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.56 x 14.63  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 2