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Diarmaid MacCulloch

Print publication date: 1986

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229148

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229148.001.0001

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Alternative Patterns of Politics

Alternative Patterns of Politics

(p.315) Alternative Patterns of Politics
Suffolk and the Tudors

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Oxford University Press

By the end of the sixteenth century, the yeoman culture was nearer that of the gentry than of their social inferiors. The particular mark of this was in their acquisition of literacy. This chapter discusses the alternative patterns of politics, which became possible after most of the gentlemen in the south of England became literate during the latter part of the sixteenth century. Elizabethan elections are also discussed in detail in this chapter.

Keywords:   yeoman culture, gentry, literacy, politics, Elizabethan elections

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