'While Germany boasts her Reformation and France her Revolution, England can point to her dealings with the House of Stuart.' - G.M. Trevelyan, from the Introduction
England Under the Stuarts is an outstanding and highly engaging account of English history in the years between 1603 and 1714, charting England's path from nation to empire. G. M. Trevelyan's masterful narrative explores the major events of this period, which witnessed the upheavals of the Civil War, the Restoration and the Glorious Revolution.
While never neglecting to examine the social, economic and religious conditions of English life, Trevelyan highlights the epic struggle between the threats of absolutism and despotism and the staunch political liberty and toleration that emerged during these years. He also gives the reader a vivid sense of what it was like to be there at the time, conveying a rich and dramatic flavour of events. As such, England Under the Stuarts remains certain to inform and delight anybody with an interest in this period of English history.
This Routledge Classics edition includes a new Foreword by Peter Gaunt.
Table of Contents
Foreword to the Routledge Classics Edition Peter Gaunt
1. England, 1603-40 - the Upper Class: its Life, Culture, and Social Functions - Law, Police, and Humanitarianism
2. England, 1603-40 - the Middle and Lower Classes in Country and Town - Industry and Commerce - the Conditions Favourable to Poetry and to Religion
3. James I - Puritans and Catholics
4. James I - Parliaments and Courtiers
5. The Rule of Buckingham - Wars and Parliaments, 1624-8
6. The Personal Government of Charles, 1629-40
7. The Formation of Parties, November 1640 - August 1642
8. The Civil War, 1642-6
9. Parliament, Army, and King, 1646-9
10. The Revolutionary Governments, 1649-60
11. The Restoration Epoch, 1660-78
12. The Reigns of Terror, 1678-85
13. James II, 1685-8
14. William and Mary
Genealogical Key to the Problem of the Spanish Succession
15. The Reign of Anne, 1702-14.
Genealogy of the House of Stuart
List of Parliaments, 1603-1715
Appendix A: How America was Peopled by the English
Appendix B: The Poor Law after the Restoration
Appendix C: Who Killed Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey?
Appendix D: Commercial and Colonial Policy of the Restoration Era
Appendix E: Finance under the Restoration and Revolution Settlements
George Macaulay Trevelyan (1876-1962) was one of the leading historians of his generation, whose books have been read by and influenced thousands of students and historians. He began his academic career in 1898 as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, but left in 1903 to focus on his writing, and for twenty years produced a number of popular histories, including a three-volume biography of Garibaldi, English Social History and History of England. He returned to Cambridge in 1927, where he was Regius Professor of History until 1943. He was also the subject of a major biography by David Cannadine.
'During the first half of the twentieth century Trevelyan was the most famous, the most honored, the most influential and the most widely read historian of his generation.' - David Cannadine, author of G.M. Trevelyan: A Life in History
'A lively view of the Stuart age, written with a flair and clarity that few modern historians can match.' - BBC History Magazine
'It is, superbly, a book with the courage of its convictions, and it displays throughout an underlying security and assurance that is neither arrogant nor apologetic.' - Reviews in History