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Religion, Culture and National Community in the 1670s

This fascinating collection of essays illustrates the latest thinking on the crucial decade of the 1670s in Britain. In 1660, after eleven years of republican regimes, the royal restoration attempted to set the political, cultural, and religious clock back to the days of the early Stuarts. By the 1670s, however, this restoration settlement was unraveling, challenged by new ideas of religious toleration, popular sovereignty, and diverse nationality. These essays reflect and analyze such tensions and illustrate the surprising routes by which the modern world began to emerge.

198 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011

Medieval Studies

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Living with masquerade: the recent scholarship of the 1670s in the Stuart realms
      Tony Claydon and Thomas N. Corns

1. Paradise postponed: the nationhood of nuns in the 1670s
      Nicky Hallett
2. The Anglo-Scottish union negotiations of 1670
      Clare Jackson
3. Bunyan’s ‘certain place’: fleeing Essau in the 1670s
      Beth Lynch
4. Literary innovation and social transformation in the 1670s
      Nigel Smith
5. ‘Great agents for libertinism’: Rochester and Milton
      James Grantham Turner
6. ‘From the hearts of the people’: loyalty, addresses and the public sphere in the exclusion crisis
      Ted Vallance
7. King Philip’s war and the edges of civil religion in 1670s London
      Elliott Visconsi


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