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`This book makes a useful contribution to the historiography of the English Revolution ... many of the voices from local archives are genuinely fresh, and this thought-provoking study is all the more welcome for it.' David J. Appleby, Journal of British Studies
`...a fascinating account of England between 1640 and 1642...What makes Cressy's book so valuable and enjoyable is that it engages with the work of previous historians, provides persuasive answers to historical problems, and raises new questions for others to answer.' Barry Coward, History Today
`...an extraordinarily rich and enticing evocation of a startling moment of English history ... No book has ever evoked the sense of unleashed energy in the years 1640 and 1641 so well ... it is a pleasure to read.' John Morrill, BBC History
About the Author
Born and educated in England, David Cressy has built his career in the United States. He taught British history in the Claremont Colleges in California, then at California State University, Long Beach, before moving to Ohio State University in 1998. He has earned major fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Huntington Library. He has made frequent visits to England as an Associate of Clare Hall, Cambridge, Visiting Fellow at Magdalen and St Catherine's Colleges, Oxford, and as an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.
This book is an excellent explanation of the religious tensions that lead to civil war while bringing the experiences of ordinary people during this tumultuous time. The primary research behind this work is incredible.
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