First published in 1962, Frank Smith Fussner's introduction to the revolution in English historical writing and thought during the period of the renaissance and reformation (1580-1640) is an influential and thoroughly-researched work. It offers an introduction not only to the context of the period and the important English historians of the era, but also provides a thorough historiographical approach which deals with the purpose, method, content, style and significance of these historians within the framework of this 'historical revolution'.
1. The European Background 2. The Historical Context 3. The Institutional Framework 4. The Antiquarian Movement and Historical Research 5. Politics, Patronage, and Scholarship: The Influence of Sir Robert Cotton 6. The Varieties of History 7. Sir Walter Raleigh and Universal History 8. John Stow and Local History 9. William Camden and Territorial History 10. Sir Francis Bacon and the Idea of History 11. John Selden and Problematic History 12. The Historical Revolution: Conclusions and Conjectures