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England on Edge: Crisis and Revolution 1640–1642

David Cressy


This book deals with the collapse of the government of Charles I, the disintegration of the Church of England, and the accompanying cultural panic that led to civil war. Focused on the years 1640 to 1642, it examines stresses and fractures in social, political, and religious culture, and the emergence of an unrestrained popular press. Hundreds of people not normally seen in historical surveys make appearances here, in a drama much larger than the struggle of king and parliament. Historians commonly assert that royalists and parliamentarians parted company over issues of principle, constitution ... More

Keywords: government, Charles I, Church of England, civil war, popular press, parliament, royalists, royal prerogative, Laudian ascendancy, radical sectarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199237630
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237630.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Cressy, author
Professor of History, Ohio State University