ISBN : 9780198708308
The story of the reign of Charles I - told through the lives of his people. Prize-winning historian David Cressy mines the widest range of archival and printed sources, including ballads, sermons, speeches, letters, diaries, petitions, proclamations, and the proceedings of secular and ecclesiastical courts, to explore the aspirations and expectations not only of the king and his followers, but also the unruly energies of many of his subjects, showing how royal authority was constituted, in peace and in war - and how it began to fall apart. A blend of micro-historical analysis and constitutional theory, parish politics and ecclesiology, military, cultural, and social history, Charles I and the People of England is the first major attempt to connect the political, constitutional, and religious history of this crucial period in English history with the experience and aspirations of the rest of the population. From the king and his ministers to the everyday dealings and opinions of parishioners, petitioners, and taxpayers, David Cressy re-creates the broadest possible panorama of early Stuart England, as it slipped from complacency to revolution.
Preface; Prologue: Lucy Martin's Message; Introduction; 1 The Commonwealth of England; 2 The Oath of a King; 3 Sacred Kingship and Dutiful Subjection; 4 Unprosperous Wars; 5 An Accessible Monarch?; 6 Importunate Petitioners; 7 The King's Religion and the People's Church; 8 The King's Declaration and the People's Sports; 9 Sacred Kingship Eclipsed; 10 The Blindness of Charles I; Notes; Bibliography; Index