Argues for a new interpretation of the seventeenth-century Scottish revolution that goes beyond questions about its radicalism, and reconsiders its place within an overarching 'British' narrative. The narrative links the forging of a distinct political and religious culture to the emergence of an autonomous Scottish state.
Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine was one of the leading personalities of the Middle Ages, and also one of the most controversial. Having inherited a vast feudal domain stretching from the Loire to the Pyrenees, she was one of the greatest heiresses in history. This biography offers a perspective on this woman.
A collection of essays on the literary and cultural impact of the early modern rogue. Under various names - rogues, vagrants, molls, doxies, vagabonds, cony-catchers, masterless men - this group of marginal figures, poor men and women with no clear social place or identity, exploded onto the scene in 16th century English history and culture.
The first biographical study of Nicholas Ferrar to uncover his continental travels, the harmonies the family created, his collaboration with George Herbert, and the Little Gidding's connection to the later voluntary societies.
Peter Wilson provides a concise yet comprehensive account of the Holy Roman Empire and its profound impact during its last three centuries of existence. Drawing on a wealth of research, the expanded new edition has been fully revised and updated throughout and now features a new chapter on 'Nation and Identity'.
The Tudor era encompasses some of the greatest changes in our history. But while we know about the historical dramas of the times - most notably in the court of Henry VIII - what was life really like for a commoner like you or me? This title deals with this questions.
Magna Carta, forced on King John in 1215 by rebellion, is one of the famous documents in world history. It asserts a fundamental principle: that ruler is subject to the law. This book draws on discoveries to give an account of Magna Carta's origins, survival and enforcement, showing how it quickly gained a central place in English political life.
This biography provides a comprehensive reappraisal of Henry II, the man and king. W.L. Warren explores a whole range of contemporary sources to illuminate the king's policy and personality, as well as the events of his reign.
Throughout the late medieval period, from 1300 to 1500, England and France were bitter enemies, often at war or on the brink of it. In 1520, in an effort to bring conflict to an end, England's monarch, Henry VIII, and Francis I of France agreed to meet at "the Field of Cloth of Gold". The author offers a fresh appraisal of this historical event.
A biography that provides the most authoritative picture yet of King Stephen, whose reign (1135-1154), with its 'nineteen long winters' of civil war, made his name synonymous with failed leadership. After years of work on the sources, the author shows with clarity the strengths and weaknesses of the monarch.
This text examines relationships between cultural history and politics, from the eve of the Armada to the death of Charles II. It emphasizes the diversity of cultural perspectives available in the period, and the role played by concepts of honour, law, divine providence and humanist scholarship.
Presents the life of Henry VII, how he ran his government, how his authority was maintained, and the nature of the country over which he ruled since he claimed the throne in 1485. This book explores how Henry's reign was important in stabilizing the English monarchy and providing sound financial and institutional basis for later developments.