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The Reformation and the Towns in England: Politics and Political Culture, c.1540-1640

Robert Tittler


This analysis of the secular impact of the Reformation examines the changes within English towns over the period c.1540–1640. All over England wholesale shifts of urban land and resources, coupled with increased statutory responsibilities, allowed a surprising number of towns to strengthen their financial and political positions. The Reformation had already begun to destroy much of the doctrine-based political culture that traditionally sustained provincial governments. As a result, the ruling elite ... More

Keywords: The Reformation, English towns, political culture, provincial government, ruling elite, autonomy, institutional authority, oligarchy, civic portraiture, town halls

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198207184
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207184.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Tittler, author
Concordia University, Montreal