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  • Aug 1996

The Experience of Authority in Early Modern England

Part of the book series: Themes in Focus (TIF)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    • Paul Griffiths, Adam Fox, Steve Hindle
    Pages 1-9
  3. The Keeping of the Public Peace

    • Steve Hindle
    Pages 213-248
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 318-331

About this book

This collection is concerned with the articulation, mediation and reception of authority; the preoccupations and aspirations of both governors and governed in early modern England. It explores the nature of authority and the cultural and social experiences of all social groups, especially insubordinates. These essays probe in depth the ways in which young people responded to adults, women to men, workers to masters, and the 'common sort' to their 'betters'. Early modern people were not passive receptacles of principles of authority as communicated in, for example, sermons, statutes and legal process. They actively contributed to the process of government, thereby exposing its strengths, weaknesses and ambiguities. In discussing these issues the contributors provide fresh points of entry to a period of significant cultural and socio-economic change.

About the authors

PAUL GRIFFITHS is lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Leicester.
ADAM FOX is lecturer in the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh.
STEVE HINDLE is Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Warwick

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Experience of Authority in Early Modern England

  • Editors: Paul Griffiths, Adam Fox, Steve Hindle

  • Series Title: Themes in Focus

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Red Globe Press London

  • eBook Packages: Palgrave History Collection, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VII, 344

  • Additional Information: Previously published under the imprint Palgrave

  • Topics: History of Britain and Ireland