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Public Duty and Private Conscience in Seventeenth-Century England : Essays Presented to G.E. Aylmer - John Morrill

Public Duty and Private Conscience in Seventeenth-Century England

Essays Presented to G.E. Aylmer

By: John Morrill (Editor), Paul Slack (Editor), Daniel Woolf (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 15th April 1993
ISBN: 9780198202295
Number Of Pages: 256

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The tension between public duty and private conscience is a central theme of English history in the seventeenth century, when established authorities were questioned and violently disrupted. It has also been an important theme in the work of one of the foremost historians of the period, G. E. Aylmer. It makes, therefore, an especially appropriate subject for this volume. The contributors are leading historians, whose topics range from contemporary writings on conscience and duty to the particular problems faced by individuals and groups, both Puritan and Royalist, at the centre and in the localities. These scholarly and original studies throw new light on the innumerable dilemmas of conscience of seventeenth-century men and women, and together make a distinguished contribution to seventeenth-century history.Contributors: Christopher Hill, Gordon Leff, Austin Wollrych, Keith Thomas, Patricia Crawford, Kevin Sharpe, Conrad Russell, Neil Cuddy, Paul Slack, John Morrill, Claire Cross, P. R. Newman, Daniel Woolf, John Ferris, Richard S. Dunn, and William Sheils.

`The theme chosen by the editors was broad enough to allow of many different interests and yet sufficiently precise to provide some common ground between them ... the research put into some of these essays has been prodigious. ' EHR Oct 1993 `Most (if not all) of the essays address the book's theme directly, giving it s satisfying coherence. It would be surprising if such a bold thesis were to receive universal agreement. But even if it does not, its great value is that it provides a framework that helps to make intelligible the case-studies in the rest of the book. ' Times Literary Supplement `Conscience, duty and loyalties, kings, earls, and godly types - there is so much in this volume ... Woolrych quotes Aylmer: "The first question to ask about any period is what matters most in it and why" (p.23). The contributors have fulfilled that expectation. ' W.J. Jones, University of Alberta, Canadian Journal of History, XXVIII, December 1993 `interesting and rewarding collection. The whole collection is prefaced by three graceful tributes to the scholar to whom it is presented, by Christopher Hill, Austin Woolrych and Gordon Leff; and it concludes with a bibliography of his writings compiled by William Sheils. It is further adorned by an admirably characterful photograph of Dr Aylmer. This is a handsome volume, which all students of politics, government, and religion in seventeenth-century England will wish to consult.' Archives

Gerald Aylmer at Balliolp. 1
Gerald Aylmer in Manchester and Yorkp. 9
Gerald Aylmer as a Scholarp. 19
Cases of Conscience in Seventeenth-Century Englandp. 29
Public Duty, Conscience, and Women in Early Modern Englandp. 57
Private Conscience and Public Duty in the Writings of James VI and Ip. 77
Divine Rights in the Early Seventeenth Centuryp. 101
The Conflicting Loyalties of a 'vulger counselor': The Third Earl of Southampton, 1597-1624p. 121
The Public Conscience of Henry Sherfieldp. 151
William Dowsing, the Bureaucratic Puritanp. 173
A Man of Conscience in Seventeenth-Century Urban Politics: Alderman Hoyle of Yorkp. 205
The King's Servants: Conscience, Principle, and Sacrifice in Armed Royalismp. 225
Conscience, Constancy, and Ambition in the Career and Writings of James Howellp. 243
Official Members in the Commons, 1660-1690: A Study in Multiple Loyaltiesp. 279
William Penn's Odyssey: From Child of Light to Absentee Landlordp. 305
A Select Bibliography of the Writings of G. E. Aylmer, 1957-1990p. 325
Indexp. 335
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ISBN: 9780198202295
ISBN-10: 0198202296
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 15th April 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 14.5  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.61