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Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts - Video

By Keith E. Wrightson

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This course is intended to provide an up-to-date introduction to the development of English society between the late fifteenth and the early eighteenth centuries. Particular issues addressed in the lectures will include: the changing social structure; households; local communities; gender roles; economic development; urbanization; religious change from the Reformation to the Act of Toleration; the Tudor and Stuart monarchies; rebellion, popular protest and civil war; witchcraft; education, literacy and print culture; crime and the law; poverty and social welfare; the changing structures and dynamics of political participation and the emergence of parliamentary government.

Customer Reviews

Great Course

Highly recommend this wonderful presentation of Tudor and Stuart English history. Professor is deeply knowledgeable, and delivers the lectures flawlessly and with touches of humor.

Elizabethan & Stuart England

Professor Wrightson brings erudition, humor and a keen sense of the telling detail to his lectures. I am not a scholar but a long-time enthusiast of the period and have read widely if not consistently. Many of the events are familiar. But, for instance, Professor Wrightson's discussion of the persistent drought in England during the 590s and the subsequent dearth of food illuminated why Essex and his popular appeal so worried Elizabeth and her advisors. He offers excellent overviews and then pins them down with details drawn from contemporary documents. The lectures are very fine.

Worthwhile download

Thank you for providing Professor Wrightson's lectures to a wider audience. He speaks with authority and compassion about the subject, giving enough anecdotes to illustrate his point, but without getting bogged down in too many details. Above all, he is enjoyable to listen to (the charming British accent helps).