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England's Culture Wars: Puritan Reformation and its Enemies in the Interregnum, 1649-1660

Bernard Capp


Since Elizabethan times puritan reformers had criticized the established church and many of the nation’s social and cultural traditions. This book explores the ‘culture wars’ between reformers and traditionalists once the overthrow of monarchy had swept the reformers into power. Part One surveys the reform agenda under the Rump and Cromwell, and how the regime sought to mould local magistrates and ministers into its instruments and partners. It examines too the fierce propaganda wars waged in press and pulpit. Part Two explores the implementation of reform, especially in urban communities wher ... More

Keywords: puritans, interregnum, Cromwell, propaganda, reformation of manners, civic commonwealth, Sabbath, swearing, alehouses, sex

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199641789
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Capp, author
Emeritus Professor of History, University of Warwick