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The Stuart Court and Europe

The Stuart Court and Europe
Essays in Politics and Political Culture


R. Malcolm Smuts, Jonathan Scott, Johann Sommerville, Martin Butler, Hans Werner, Richard C. McCoy, Caroline Hibbard, Charles Kay Smith, Annabel Patterson, Ronald Hutton, Nancy Maguire, Geoffrey Parker
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  • Date Published: September 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521554398

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  • This interdisciplinary 1996 collection examines the multiple ties that connected the Stuart court to Europe, and the ways in which these shaped English politics and political culture. Together, the essays demonstrate that even the domestic history of the period can only be understood fully by taking into account the international horizons, concerns and affiliations of the British ruling elite. The opening essays by Jonathan Scott develop a provocative overview of the whole period. The remaining contributions examine topics such as the European roots of common law thought; the nature of national identity; the use of visual display in conveying the grandeur of kingship; the religion of Charles II; and the role of Charles's French mistress, the duchess of Portsmouth, in English and international politics. A concluding chapter by Geoffrey Parker suggests several new avenues for placing the British Isles within a European perspective.

    • A strongly interdisciplinary collection covering history, politics, literature and art
    • Adopts a cosmopolitan perspective, breaking out of the British national framework
    • Draws together the work of many leading and pioneering writers on seventeenth-century Britain
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    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521554398
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.574kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction R. Malcolm Smuts
    2. England's troubles, 1603–1702 Jonathan Scott
    3. The ancient constitution reassessed: the common law, the court and the languages of politics in early modern England Johann Sommerville
    4. The invention of Britain and the early Stuart masque Martin Butler
    5. Art and the material culture of kingship in early Stuart England R. Malcolm Smuts
    6. The Hector of Germanie, or the Palsgrave, Prime Elector and Anglo-German relations of early Stuart England: the view from the popular stage Hans Werner
    7. Old English honour in an evil time: aristocratic privilege in the 1620s Richard C. McCoy
    8. The theatre of dynasty Caroline Hibbard
    9. French philosophy and English politics in interregnum poetry Charles Kay Smith
    10. 'Crouching at home and cruel while abroad': Restoration constructions of national and international character Annabel Patterson
    11. The religion of Charles II Ronald Hutton
    12. The duchess of Portsmouth: English royal consort and French politician Nancy Maguire
    13. The world beyond Whitehall Geoffrey Parker.

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    Malcolm Smuts, University of Massachusetts, Boston


    R. Malcolm Smuts, Jonathan Scott, Johann Sommerville, Martin Butler, Hans Werner, Richard C. McCoy, Caroline Hibbard, Charles Kay Smith, Annabel Patterson, Ronald Hutton, Nancy Maguire, Geoffrey Parker

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