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William III

by Tony Claydon

William III, William of Orange (1650-1702), is a key figure in English history. Grandson of Charles I and married to Mary, eldest daughter of James II, the pair became the object of protestant hopes after James...


Scotland in the Eighteenth Century: Union and Enlightenment

by David Allan

This is an introduction to Scottish history in the 18th which is completely up-to-date and gives equal emphasis to politics and religion. Once a small and isolated country with an unenviable reputation for poverty...


Eighteenth Century Britain: Religion and Politics 1714-1815

by Nigel Yates

The church of the eighteenth century was still reeling in the wake of the huge religious upheavals of the two previous centuries. Though this was a comparatively quiet period, this book shows that for the whole...


Elizabeth 1

by Christopher Haigh

The reign of Elizabeth I was one of the most important periods of expansion and growth in British history - the "Golden Age". This celebrated and influential study reconsiders how Elizabeth achieved this, and...


Charles I

by Richard Cust

Charles I was a complex man whose career intersected with some of the most dramatic events in English history. He played a central role in provoking the English Civil War, and his execution led to the only republican...


The Parliaments of Early Modern Europe: 1400 - 1700

by M. A. R. Graves

A comparative survey of the emergence and development of Parliaments in Catholic Christendom from the thirteenth century, the chief focus of this work is the period between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries,when...


Literacy in Early Modern Europe

by Rab Houston

The new edition of this important, wide-ranging and extremely useful textbook has been extensively re-written and expanded. Rab Houston explores the importance of education, literacy and popular culture in Europe...


The Island Race: Englishness, Empire and Gender in the Eighteenth Century

by Kathleen Wilson

Rooted in a period of vigorous exploration and colonialism, The Island Race: Englishness, empire and gender in the eighteenth century is an innovative study of the issues of nation, gender and identity. Wilson...


Inspiration in the Age of Enlightenment

by Sarah Eron

Inspiration in the Age of Enlightenment reconsiders theories of apostrophe and poetic authority to argue that the Augustan age created a new form of inspiration, one that not only changed the relationship of...


The Great Plague: A People's History

by Evelyn Lord

In this intimate history of the extraordinary Black Plague pandemic that swept through the British Isles in 1665, Evelyn Lord focuses on the plague’s effects on smaller towns, where every death was a singular...


The Formation of the Child in Early Modern Spain

by Grace E. Coolidge

Employing a variety of creative, interdisciplinary approaches, contributors examine early modern Spanish children's lives, the role of children within the larger family, adult perceptions of childhood, images...


An Collins and the Historical Imagination

by W. Scott Howard

The first edited collection of scholarly essays to focus exclusively on An Collins, this volume examines the significance of an important religious and political poet from seventeenth-century England. An Collins...


Francis Watkins and the Dollond Telescope Patent Controversy

by Brian Gee, Anita McConnell & A.D. Morrison-Low

Working from original documents consulted for the first time, Brian Gee has uncovered the life and times of an eighteenth-century mathematical and optical instrument maker, Francis Watkins, who played an important...


Probate Inventories of French Immigrants in Early Modern London

by Greig Parker

Probate inventories provide an unparalleled glimpse into the lives of the inhabitants of early modern England, as well as the rich diversity and value of domestic material culture. Further, they enable scholars...


The Financial Revolution 1660 - 1750

by Henry Roseveare

The financial revolution marked the end of medieval England, and through the major institutions such as Lloyds and the Bank of England, laid the foundations on which England's emergence as a world power was...


General Percy Kirke and the Later Stuart Army

by John Childs

General Percy Kirke (c. 1647-91) is remembered in Somerset as a cruel, vicious thug who deluged the region in blood after the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. He is equally notorious in Northern Ireland. Appointed...


The Queen's Bed

by Anna Whitelock

From the private world of a beloved English queen, a story of intimacy, royalty, espionage, rumor, and subterfuge

Queen Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. At...


Reading and Writing History from Bruni to Windschuttle: Essays in Honour of Gary Ianziti

by Christian Thorsten Callisen

Featuring work by researchers in the fields of early modern studies, Italian studies, ecclesiastical history and historiography, this volume of essays adds to a rich corpus of literature on Renaissance and early...


Papacy, Religious Orders, and International Politics in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

by Autori Vari, Autori Vari & Massimo Carlo Giannini

During the early modern age religious orders had to interpret papal strategies and directives in international politics in the light of a substantial ambiguity. They were loyal subjects of the pope, but also...


The French Revolution and the Birth of Electoral Democracy

by Melvin Edelstein

Democracy is perhaps the defining characteristic of modern Western society, but even as late as the nineteenth century it was often viewed with suspicion by many who saw it as akin to anarchy and mob rule. Taking...