Revel, Riot, and Rebellion: Popular Politics and Culture in England 1603-1660 by David Underdown

Revel, Riot, and Rebellion: Popular Politics and Culture in England 1603-1660

byDavid Underdown

Paperback | April 1, 1987

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What have maypoles, charivari processions, and stoolball matches to do with the English Civil War? A great deal, argues David Underdown. Using three western counties as a case-study, he shows that the war was neither a dispute confined to the elite nor a class struggle of the 'middling sort' against a discredited aristocracy. It was in fact the result of profound disagreements among people of all social levels about the moral basisof their communities; commoners as well as ruler held strong opinions about order and governance. But these opinions varied from place to place, and through a pioneering synthesis of social history and popular culture, Underdown relates political diversity to cultural diversity, and shows thatlocal difference in popular allegiance in the Civil War coincided with regional contrast in the traditional festive culture. The book is thus an important reinterpretation of both the English Revolution and the relationship between society, politics, and culture in the seventeenth century.

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David Underdown is Professor of History at Yale University. His other publications include: Fire From Heaven: Life of an English Town in the Seventeenth Century (1992).

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Title:Revel, Riot, and Rebellion: Popular Politics and Culture in England 1603-1660Format:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.91 inPublished:April 1, 1987Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0192851934

ISBN - 13:9780192851932

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`... will become a standard text that no future historian or folklorist can afford to neglect. In hardback it was expensive; now it is in paperback every reader of this journal should read it.' Michael Heaney, Folk Music Journal