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Charitable Hatred: Tolerance and Intolerance in England, 1500-1700 - Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain (Paperback)
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Charitable Hatred: Tolerance and Intolerance in England, 1500-1700 - Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain (Paperback)

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Paperback 388 Pages / Published: 16/09/2008
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Charitable Hatred offers a challenging new perspective on religious tolerance and intolerance in early modern England. Setting aside traditional models charting a linear progress from persecution to toleration, it emphasises instead the complex interplay between these two impulses in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The book examines the intellectual assumptions that underpinned attitudes towards religious minorities and the institutional structures and legal mechanisms by which they were both repressed and accommodated. It also explores the social realities of prejudice and forbearance, hostility and harmony at the level of the neighbourhood and parish. Simultaneously, it surveys the range of ways in which dissenting churches and groups responded and adapted to official and popular intolerance, investigating how the experience of suffering helped to forge sectarian identities. In analysing the consequences of the advancing pluralism of English society in the wake of the Reformation, this study illuminates the cultural processes that shaped and complicated the conditions of coexistence before and after the Act of Toleration of 1689.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719052408
Number of pages: 388
Weight: 537 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Alexandra Walsham, with all her fresh insights and suggestions, never fails to be judicious. This thorough and original survey effectively realigns approaches to its subject." --Margaret Aston, "Times Literary Supplement"
"Alexandra Walsham, with all her fresh insights and suggestions, never fails to be judicious. This thorough and original survey effectively realigns approaches to its subject." --Margaret Aston, "Times Literary Supplement"

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