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England's Culture WarsPuritan Reformation and its Enemies in the Interregnum, 1649-1660$
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Bernard Capp

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641789.001.0001

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Clearing the Way: Challenges and Agenda

Clearing the Way: Challenges and Agenda

(p.13) 2 Clearing the Way: Challenges and Agenda
England's Culture Wars

Bernard Capp

Oxford University Press

The new Commonwealth set out to reshape the nation's mental landscape by eradicating symbols of monarchy. It had royal statues removed, along with many ‘royal’ alehouse signs, and royal arms were replaced by its own throughout the land. Reformers also addressed other aspects of the traditional cultural landscape, including the calendar, urging that the pagan names of the days and months should be replaced. More effort was focused on the ‘profane’ traditions surrounding Christmas. The regime largely succeeded in suppressing church services on Christmas Day, but failed to turn Christmas into merely another working day. The chapter ends with a survey of the reforming laws and ordinances of the 1650s, which built on pre-war initiatives, and shows how the reforming impulse remained strong to the very end of the period.

Keywords:   Commonwealth, royalist symbols, calendar, Christmas, laws and ordinances, mental landscape

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