This famous survey has been updated to incorporate the new perspectives of the last twelve years. The study opens with one Revolution, the Reformation, and closes with another - the Civil War of the mid-17th century and the abolition of the monarchy. Alan Smith explores the dramatic changes during this period when the country was forged into a '`nation state." Its centrepiece however, remains the extraordinary achievements of the Elizabethan and Jacobean age, and these glories are given full treatment in this masterly account.
Table of Contents
PART ONE (CHAPTERS 1 - 11) AN AGE OF REVOLUTION: The Era Of The Reformation 1529-1558.
PART TWO (CHAPTERS 12 - 19) AN AGE OF CONSERVATISM: The Elizabethan Achievement
PART THREE (CHAPTERS 20 - 35) RENAISSANCE SOCIETY: Life, Mind and Culture Under the Tudors and Stuarts.
PART FOUR AN AGE OF TRANSITION: The Breakdown of the Elizabethan System 1585-1642.
PART FIVE (CHAPTERS 36 - 44) AN AGE OF REVOLUTION: Civil War and Interregnum 1642-1660.
Compendium of Information
A Monarchs and Heads of State 1529-1660.
B The Succession of the Throne.
C Chief Officers of State 1529-1660.
E Constitutional Landmarks.
F The Church.
G Religious Landmarks.
H Tudor Treason Legislation.
I Good and Bad Harvests.
J The Population of England and Wales 1541-1661.
K The Course of Inflation 1400-1700.
L Wage Rates 1450-1650.
M Cloth and Textile Exports 1450-1640.