England's Culture Wars
- Puritan Reformation and It's Enemies in the Interregnum, 1649-1660
- Narrated by: Bruce Mann
- Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-05-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
England's Culture Wars explores how far this agenda could be enforced, especially in urban communities which offered the greatest potential to build a godly civic commonwealth. How far were local magistrates and ministers willing to cooperate, and what coercive powers did the regime possess to silence or remove dissidents? How far did the reformers themselves wish to go, and how did they reconcile godly reformation with the demands of decency and civility? Music and dancing lived on, in genteel contexts, early opera replaced the plays now forbidden, and puritans themselves were often fond of hunting and hawking. Bernard Capp explores the propaganda wars waged in press and pulpit, how energetically reformation was pursued, and how much or little was achieved. Many recent historians have dismissed interregnum reformation as a failure. He demonstrates that while the reforming drive varied enormously from place to place, its impact could be powerful. The book is therefore structured in three parts: setting out the reform agenda and challenges, surveying general issues and patterns, and finally offering a number of representative case-studies. It draws on a wide range of sources, including local and central government records, judicial records, pamphlets, sermons, newspapers, diaries, letters, and memoirs; and demonstrates how court records by themselves give us only a very limited picture of what was happening on the ground.
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By james palmer on 08-09-14
This is a well written book that I found both fascinating and horrifying at the same time. I personally found the narrator very fitting to the material.
This book could be used as a warning against allowing a minority in any society with extremely held views from being allowed to impose them on the whole
Enjoyed this very much
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By Dt Horan on 19-07-16
How could the performance have been better?
I thought this must be a joke. It certainly isn't Bruce Mann the professional reader narrating this. I found it impossible to continue to listen to more than a few paragraphs because of the monotony of his intonation. What's going on here?