The Reformation and the Towns in England: Politics and Political Culture, c.1540-1640

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

byRobert Tittler

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This analysis of the secular impact of the Reformation examines the changes within English towns over the period c.1540-1640. All over England wholesale shifts of urban land and resources, coupled with increased statutory responsibilities, allowed a surprising number of towns to strengthentheir financial and political positions. The Reformation had already begun to destroy much of the doctrine-based political culture which traditionally sustained provincial governments. As a result, the ruling elites in many towns not only extended their holdings and acquired greater autonomy; theyalso gained much greater institutional authority over their inhabitants - part of a growing movement away from communal values towards rule by oligarchy. These elites sought to legitimize their new authority by various means: civic portraiture and regalia, the building of town-halls, the writingof local histories, and the creation of new forms of worship. An altered civic ethos emerged, marking a significant new phase in urban history.

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This analysis of the secular impact of the Reformation examines the changes within English towns over the period c.1540-1640. All over England wholesale shifts of urban land and resources, coupled with increased statutory responsibilities, allowed a surprising number of towns to strengthentheir financial and political positions. The Re...

Robert Tittler is a Professor of History at Concordia University, Montreal.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:408 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198207182

ISBN - 13:9780198207184

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`a welcome contribution ... The author has read widely in both the central and local primary and secondary sources to produce a stimulating synthesis.'Claire Cross, University of York, EHR Sept 1999