Fire from Heaven: Life in an English Town in the Seventeenth Century

April 27, 1994|
Fire from Heaven: Life in an English Town in the Seventeenth Century by David Underdown
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The town is Dorchester in Dorset; the time the beginning of the seventeenth century. Two hundred years before Hardy disguised it as Casterbridge, Dorchester was a typical English country town, of middling size and unremarkable achievements. But on 6 August 1613 much of it was destroyed in a great conflagration, which its inhabitants regarded as a 'fire from heaven', and which was the catalyst for the events described in this book. Over the next twenty years, a time of increasing political and religious turmoil all over Europe, Dorchester became the most religiously radical town in the kingdom, deeply involved, emotionally, with the fortunes of the Protestants in the Thirty Years War, and horrified by the Stuart flirtation with Spain. It was, after all, barely a generation since the defeat of the Great Armada. David Underdown traces the way in which the tolerant, paternalist Elizabethan town oligarchy was quickly replaced by a group of men who had a vision of a godly community in which power was to be exercised according to religious commitment rather than wealth o
Title:Fire from Heaven: Life in an English Town in the Seventeenth Century
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:320 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:320 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Published:April 27, 1994
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300059908

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