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Killing the King: England in the Age of Revolutions 1603-1714


Value: half-unit

Tutor: Prof. Justin Champion


Taught through weekly lectures and weekly follow-up seminars  


Takeaway coursework Essay (30%) and 2-hour Exam (70%) 

After 1603 with the accession of James VI, Scotland and England were linked with the Union of the Crowns and the British state was born. The course will engage with political, religious and social crisis and change. The main themes discussed are the political and religious debates consequent to the accession of the Stuart Monarchy. The successive crises of popery and absolutism in the British civil wars and the execution of Charles I (1638-49), the Exclusion Crisis (1678-83) and the Glorious Revolution (1688) will be addressed. After the Reformation, politics and religious change became inextricably intertwined, and the struggles between those intent on establishing a Protestant national church, as against those intent on keeping England within traditional Catholic Christendom, continued to dominate the politics of the years 1603-1714. These battles were fought on the national stage of parliament and court, but as importantly in the provinces and every village. The rise of parliamentary theories of government, rights of resistance, and a commitment to religious pluralism and toleration were all contested in the latter half of the century. Attention will be paid to political and intellectual culture including, the role of print, the rise of party politics and propaganda, the growth of science, and the decline of magic.  



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