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The Rise and Fall of Merry England: The Ritual Year 1400–1700

Ronald Hutton


This book explores the religious and secular rituals that marked the passage of the year in late medieval and early modern England, and tells the story of how these rituals altered over time in response to political, religious, and social changes. The book examines a number of important and controversial issues such as: the character and pace of the English Reformation; the nature of the early Stuart ‘Reformation of Manners’; the context of writers such as Ben Jonson and Robert Herrick; the origins of the science of folklore; the relevance of cultural divisions in the English Civil War; the im ... More

Keywords: late medieval England, early modern England, rituals, political change, religious change, social change, English Reformation, Reformation of Manners, Ben Jonson, Robert Herrick, science of folklore, cultural divisions, English Civil War, English Revolution, source material

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203636
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald Hutton, author
University of Bristol