The Experience of Revolution in Stuart Britain and Ireland

Essays for John Morrill

The Experience of Revolution in Stuart Britain and Ireland

This volume ranges widely across the social, religious and political history of revolution in seventeenth-century Britain and Ireland, from contemporary responses to the outbreak of war to the critique of the post-regicidal regimes; from royalist counsels to Lilburne's politics; and across the three Stuart kingdoms. However, all the essays engage with a central issue - the ways in which individuals experienced the crises of mid seventeenth-century Britain and Ireland and what that tells us about the nature of the Revolution as a whole. Responding in particular to three influential lines of interpretation - local, religious and British - the contributors, all leading specialists in the field, demonstrate that to comprehend the causes, trajectory and consequences of the Revolution we must understand it as a human and dynamic experience, as a process. This volume reveals how an understanding of these personal experiences can provide the basis on which to build up larger frameworks of interpretation.


"What we have here, therefore, is a collection by loyal and grateful students, as well as a personal tribute by Mark Kishlansky, and the topics range widely." -Jason Peacey, Renaissance Quarterly

'The volume ranges widely across social, religious and political history.' Northern History