Death and Disorder: A History of Early Modern England, 1485–1690

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University of Toronto Press, Aug 4, 2020 - Great Britain - 296 pages
"In Death and Disorder, award-winning teacher Ken MacMillan introduces readers to the tumultuous world of England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. During this period, numerous kings and queens were killed, their advisors assassinated, treasonous nobles beheaded, religious heretics burned at the stake, and common criminals--among them murderers, thieves, and witches--executed by hanging. Combined with devastating plagues, a high rate of infant mortality, violence on the battlefield, and attempts to conquer New World Indigenous peoples, these events caused a "crisis of mortality" that became an overarching theme of the period. Early modern England was a society obsessed with order, and it was often through death and disorder that order was restored and change occurred. In three distinct sections of the book--"The Tudors," "The Stuarts," and "Empire and Society"--MacMillan argues that both despite and because of the prevalence of death and disorder in early modern England, these two centuries saw critical historical developments. Each chapter opens and closes with vignettes that highlight important themes, and the book also includes a timeline, two dozen images, engaging discussion questions for each chapter, and a list of further resources."--

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The Tudors 14851603
The Stuarts 16031690
Empire and Society
Death and Disorder Change and Continuity
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Ken MacMillan is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Calgary.

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