Westminster 1640-60: A Royal City in a Time of Revolution - Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain (Hardback)J. F. Merritt (author)
Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 30/11/2013
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This book examines the varied and fascinating ways that Westminster - traditionally home to the royal court, the fashionable West End and parliament - became the seat of the successive, non-monarchical regimes of the 1640s and 1650s. It first explores the town as the venue that helped to shape the breakdown of relations between the king and parliament in 1640-42. Subsequent chapters explore the role Westminster performed as both the ceremonial and administrative heart of shifting regimes, the hitherto unnoticed militarisation of local society through the 1640s and 1650s, and the fluctuating fortunes of the fashionable society of the West End in this revolutionary context. Analyses of religious life and patterns of local political allegiance and government unveil a complex and dynamic picture, in which the area not only witnessed major political and cultural change in these turbulent decades, but also the persistence of conservatism on the very doorstep of government.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 28 mm
Merritt's study will be of immense interested to students of urban political culture, the functioning of parish and local government and the relationship between the state and (in this case, immediate) locality... Merritt's analysis of parliamentarian political ritual and theatre is convincing and balanced. 'This book follows on from Dr Merritt's previous work on Tudor and early Stuart Westminster, examining, for the first time, the locality where much of the English revolution took place.' Ben Coates, History of Parliament, June 2016 -- .
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