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By Peter C. Herman

ISBN-10: 1405195606

ISBN-13: 9781405195607

A brief historical past of Early smooth England offers the ancient and cultural details valuable for a richer knowing of English Renaissance literature.

  • Written in a transparent and obtainable kind for an undergraduate point viewers
  • Gives an summary of the period’s historical past in addition to an figuring out of the historiographic issues
  • Explores key historic and literary occasions, from the Wars of the Roses to the book of John Milton’s Paradise Regained
  • Features intensive causes of key phrases and ideas, reminiscent of absolutism and the Elizabethan Settlement

Chapter 1 an summary of Early smooth England (pages 1–26):
Chapter 2 The Back?Story of the Tudor Dynasty: From Richard II to Henry VII (pages 27–58):
Chapter three Henry VII, Henry VIII, and the Henrician period (1509–47) (pages 59–91):
Chapter four Edward VI, woman Jane gray, and Mary I (1547–53) (pages 92–114):
Chapter five The Elizabethan period (1558–1603) (pages 115–148):
Chapter 6 The Reign of King James VI/I (1603–25) (pages 149–178):
Chapter 7 Charles I (1625–42): From Accession to the start of the Civil Wars (pages 180–213):
Chapter eight The Civil Wars, the Commonwealth, and the Early recovery (1642–71) (pages 214–251):

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Henry IV’s time on the throne (1399–1413) was indeed “unquiet,” or at least, for the first eight years the king was beset by an ongoing series of rebellions. Even though Henry proceeded by law (or by color of law), not everyone accepted the legitimacy of Richard’s deposition. From Henry II (1154–89) onward, the English crown had passed from father to son, and Henry Bolingbroke broke that chain. Consequently, the taint of usurpation hung over the majority of Henry’s reign. Overall, Henry IV faced three major and several less threatening challenges to his rule.

2, 52–3. indd 23 1/27/2011 4:49:07 PM An Overview of Early Modern England 3 D. M. Palliser, The Age of Elizabeth: England under the later Tudors 1547– 1603 (London: Longman, 1983), 40–1. 4 All references to Shakespeare’s plays will be to the Riverside edition. 5 The information from this paragraph is taken from Louis Schwartz, Milton and Maternal Mortality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 37–40. 6 Quoted in Sara Mendelson and Patricia Crawford, Women in Early Modern England: 1550–1720 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 152.

Despite the lack of access to formal education, literacy became increasingly common among both elite and non-elite women. (T. ”50) The same applies to paid labor and the law. Even though women were supposed to restrict themselves to the home and parenthood, it was not unusual for married women to have shops, and widows were granted the right to practice their late husband’s craft. ”51 While misogyny and the secondary status of women were facts of life in this period, there is strong evidence that many thought otherwise, and they acted out their lives accordingly.

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