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.
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.