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Cities Divided: Politics and Religion in English Provincial Towns 1660-1722

John Miller


In this period party conflict, exacerbated by religious divisions, became a normal part of English life. It affected elections, parliamentary and municipal, and distorted civic celebrations, which were supposedly expressions of communal unity. However, many towns managed to avoid or mitigate the effect of these divisions. Although urban government was generally oligarchic — in many towns, vacancies on the corporation were filled by co-option — the coercive powers of magistrates were limited. Effective government depended on the participation of many ordinary townspeople and that in turn requir ... More

Keywords: urban government, corporation, magistrate, poor relief, civic celebrations, elections, party conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199288397
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288397.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Miller, author
Professor of History, Queen Mary, University of London
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