Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution - Revisited

Hardcover | May 1, 1997

byChristopher Hill

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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 otherpublications 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. Thefar-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 gentryand 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 industrialrevolution. 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.

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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. This book poses the problem of how--after centuries of obedience to the rule of King, lords, and the established church--English men and women found the courage to revolt against Charle...

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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 otherpublications since the first edition, bringing his wo...

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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. This book poses the problem of how--after centuries of obedience to the rule of King, lords, and the established church--English men and women found the courage to revolt against Charle...

Former Master of Balliol College, Oxford, Christopher Hill is an extremely well-known and respected historian. The original edition of this book has been a classic text for over twenty years.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:438 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.14 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198206682

ISBN - 13:9780198206682

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Table of Contents

Preface to the new materialPreface to the first editionAbbreviationsPart I: The Original Text1. Introduction2. London Science and Medicine3. Francis Bacon and the Parliamentarians4. Ralegh - Science, History, and Politics5. Sir Edward Coke - Myth-Maker6. ConclusionAppendix: A Note on the UniversitiesPart II: The New Chapters for the Revised Edition7. Introduction: Those mighty things God hath wrought8. Religion, Politics, and Economics9. 10. William Tyndale and English History11. Feudal Tenures12. The Many-Headed Monster13. A Three-Sided Revolution?14. Secularization and Other Influences15. Unfinished Business16. Scottish Political Thought and James VI and I17. The Norman Yoke18. Venetian Observers19. Literature and RevolutionPostscriptIndex

From Our Editors

This is a revised edition of Christopher Hill's classic and ground-breaking examination of the motivations behind the English Revolution and Civil War. This book poses the problem of how--after centuries of obedience to the rule of King, lords, and 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.

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`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