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A companion to Tudor Britain

A companion to Tudor Britain

Jones, Norman L. (Norman Leslie), 1951-; Tittler, Robert; Historical Association (Great Britain)

An overview of scholarly debates about Tudor Britain, this text focuses on the whole British Isles & emphasises the big cultural, social, intellectual & economic themes, but also includes discussion of unusual subjects, such as the landscape & the role of scientific enquiry in Tudor times

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Published Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Robert Tittler and Norman Jones
ISBN: 1405137401, 9781405137409
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Originally published: Malden, Mass.; Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.
Note: At foot of title: The Historical Association.
Physical Description: xvi, 588 p. : ill., maps, ports.
Series: Blackwell companions to British history
Subject: History; History.; European history; Tudor House of.; Great Britain History Tudors, 1485-1603.; United Kingdom, Great Britain
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Blackwell companions to British history.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781405189743


  1. List of Plates x
  2. List of Maps xi
  3. Notes on Contributors xiii
  4. Preface and Acknowledgements xvii
  5. Introduction
  6. Robert Tittler and Norman Jones
  7. Part I Government and Politics.
  8. Introduction
  9. 1 The Establishment of the Tudor Dynasty 13 David Grummitt
  10. 2 The Rise of the Tudor State 29 Joseph S. Block
  11. 3 Elizabethan Government and Politics 44 David Dean
  12. 4 The Court 61 Retha Warnicke
  13. 5 Law 77 DeLloyd J. Guth
  14. 6 County Government in England 98 Steve Hindle
  15. 7 Town and City Government 116 Catherine F. Patterson
  16. 8 Centre and Periphery in the Tudor State 133 Steven G. Ellis
  17. 9 Politics and Government of Scotland 151 Jenny Wormald
  18. 10 Anglo-Scottish Relations: Security and Succession 167 Jane E. A. Dawson
  19. 11 Britain and the Wider World 182 David Potter
  20. Part II Belief.
  21. Introduction
  22. 12 Traditional Religion 207 Ben R. McRee
  23. 13 The Dissolutions and their Aftermath 221 Peter Cunich
  24. 14 Religious Settlements 238 Norman Jones
  25. 15 Catholics and Recusants 254 William Sheils
  26. 16 The Protestant Opposition to Elizabethan Religious Reform 271 Peter Iver Kaufman
  27. 17 The Scottish Reformation 289 Michael Graham
  28. Part III People and Groups.
  29. Introduction
  30. 18 Rural Economy and Society 311 R. W. Hoyle
  31. 19 The Urban Economy 330 Alan Dyer
  32. 20 Metropolitan London 347 Joseph P. Ward
  33. 21 Society and Social Relations in British Provincial Towns 363 Robert Tittler
  34. 22 Women in the British Isles in the Sixteenth Century 381 Anne Laurence
  35. Part IV Culture.
  36. Introduction
  37. 23 Senses of the Past in Tudor Britain 407 Daniel Woolf
  38. 24 Tudor Drama, Theatre and Society 430 Alexandra F. Johnston
  39. 25 Portraiture, Politics and Society 448 Robert Tittler
  40. 26 Architecture, Politics and Society 470 Malcolm Airs
  41. 27 Music, Politics and Society 492 John Milsom
  42. 28 Science and Technology 509 Lesley B. Cormack
  43. Bibliography
  44. Index

Author note

Robert Tittler is Professor of History at Concordia University. His recent publications include The Reformation and the Towns in England: Politics and Political Culture c. 1540–1640 (1998) and Townspeople and Nation: English Urban Experiences, 1540–1640 (2001). He is co-founder and Chair of the Montreal British History Seminar and Chair of the Executive Board of Records of Early English Drama.

Norman Jones is Professor and Chair of History at Utah State University. His recent publications include The Birth of the Elizabethan Age: England in the 1560s (Blackwell, 1992) and The English Reformation: Religion and Cultural Adaptation (Blackwell, 2002).

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Winner of the Roland Bainton Prize for the best reference work in 2004, A Companion to Tudor Britain provides an authoritative overview of scholarship and debates about this period. The book looks at the British Isles in their entirety, exploring what was common and what was distinct to the sovereign kingdoms of England and Scotland, the client kingdom of Ireland, and the principality of Wales.

An emphasis on major political, cultural, social, intellectual, religious, and economic themes is complemented by discussion of less common subjects, such as the landscape of the British Isles, the relationship of cultural forms to social and political issues, and the role of scientific inquiry. The contributors represent a broad range of historiographical and methodological perspectives. Their contributions define the current state of their fields and indicate the likely directions of future work.