Early Modern Kent, 1540-1640

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Boydell & Brewer, 2000 - History - 340 pages
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An immensely useful volume. HISTORY Kent was at the heart of the nation's history during the period of the Reformation, the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and the decades leading up to the English Civil Wars. This specially commissioned new history offers an accessible but scholarly introduction to the county's history during a century of extraordinary developments. It covers the county's evolution from Henry VIII to Charles I, addressing local political, economic and industrial change in the context of the larger national picture, and highlighting the striking diversity of the county's farming systems and landscapes, both urban and rural. The progress of the Protestant Reformation and its wider consequences for the common people as well as the gentry of Kent are studied in depth. There is also a challenging new interpretation of the origins and growth of political differences among the governors of Kent, which led ultimately to the civil strife of the 1640s. Finally, there is a detailed look at witchcraft and witch-hunting in Kent between the reign of Elizabethan and the Civil War period. MICHAEL ZELL is lecturer in history at the University of Greenwich. Contributors: PATRICIA HYDE, MICHAEL L. ZELL, JOAN THIRSK, JANE ANDREWES, JACQUELINE BOWER, MALCOLM J. GASKILL, JACQUELINE EALES.
  

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Contents

GOVERNING THE COUNTY
7
LANDHOLDING AND THE LAND MARKET
39
AGRICULTURE IN KENT 15401640
75
INDUSTRIES IN KENT c 15001640
105
KENT TOWNS 15401640
141
THE COMING OF RELIGIOUS REFORM
177
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PROTESTANT CHURCH
207
WITCHES AND WITCHCRAFT PROSECUTIONS 15601660
245
THE RISE OF IDEOLOGICAL POLITICS IN KENT 15581640
279
Guide to Further Reading
315
Index
323
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About the author (2000)

Michael Zell is Assistant Professor of Art History at Boston University.

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