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Society, politics, and culture : studies in early modern England /
Mervyn James.
imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1986.
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vii, 485 p. ; 23 cm. --
ISBN
0521257182
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Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1986.
isbn
0521257182
catalogue key
1006323
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-02:
A dazzling collection of the papers of Mervyn James (Oxford), including a book-length study, ``English Politics and the Concept of Honour, 14851642.'' There are a number of biographical case studies; one describes Essex and his followers as being at a ``crossroads of the political culture'' at the end of the Tudor period. Social historians will be fascinated by James's ``Ritual, Drama and Social Body in the late Medieval English Town,'' a study of Corpus Christi celebrations. These papers, some previously published, largely address James's interests in the rise of a ``civil society,'' and uses of ``honour'' in Tudor and early Stuart politics. There is an intriguing paper on a topic only now emerging after years of neglect, i.e., the celebration of death as one of the rites of life. There is also a perceptive analysis of order and the Northern Rising of 1569 that is a veritable compendium of Tudor sociopolitical attitudes. A rich assortment of disquisitions on Tudor public life from diverse angles of perception. Full notes provided; excellent index; no bibliography. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-G.M. Straka, University of Delaware
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'The book contains a wealth of insights ... certain to stimulate further historical debate.' History Today
'The book contains a wealth of insights ... certain to stimulate further historical debate.'History Today
'The book contains a wealth of insights '¦ certain to stimulate further historical debate.'History Today
' '¦ his essays '¦ emerge, evidently after long brooding, from a mind steeped in a wide historical and literary culture and informed by social anthropology. Without jargon or overt discussion of methodology, they explore the significance in terms of political action and social structure of attitude, often expressed in symbolic form '¦ Historians '¦ will find reading, meditating upon and arguing with this book immensely stimulating.'The Times Literary Supplement
' ... his essays ... emerge, evidently after long brooding, from a mind steeped in a wide historical and literary culture and informed by social anthropology. Without jargon or overt discussion of methodology, they explore the significance in terms of political action and social structure of attitude, often expressed in symbolic form ... Historians ... will find reading, meditating upon and arguing with this book immensely stimulating.'The Times Literary Supplement
' ... his essays ... emerge, evidently after long brooding, from a mind steeped in a wide historical and literary culture and informed by social anthropology. Without jargon or overt discussion of methodology, they explore the significance in terms of political action and social structure of attitude, often expressed in symbolic form ... Historians ... will find reading, meditating upon and arguing with this book immensely stimulating.' The Times Literary Supplement
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In a number of related case-studies, this book traces the social political, and cultural factors making for conformity and obedience, and those promoting dissidence and revolt in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England.
Main Description
In a number of related case-studies, this book traces the social political, and cultural factors making for conformity and obedience, and those promoting dissidence and revolt in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England. The essays explore the significance of the concept of honour in forming the mentality of the ruling elites, the role of region, humanism, and law in promoting social and political solidarity, and the influences at work in the changing styles of political action as illustrated by the careers of four magnates.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction
Ritual, drama and social body in the late madieval English town
A Tudor magnate and the Tudor state: Henry, fifth Earl of Northumberland
Change and continuity in the Tudor north: Thomas, first Lord Wharton
The first Earl of Cumberland (1493-1542) and the decline of northern feudalism
Two Tudor funerals
Obedience and dissent in Henrician England: the Lincolnshire rebellion, 1536
The concept of order and the Northern Rising, 1569
English politics and the concept of honour, 1485-1642
At a crossroads of the political culture: the Essex revolt, 1601
Index
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