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This Realm of England, Volume 2, 8th Edition

  • Lacey Baldwin Smith Northwestern University
  • ISBN-10: 0618001026  |  ISBN-13: 9780618001026
  • 432 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1996, 1992
  • © 2001 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $84.75



This text, which is the second volume in the best-selling History of England series, tells how a small and insignificant outpost of the Roman empire evolved into a nation that has produced and disseminated so many significant ideas and institutions. The Eighth Edition incorporates more women's history, while continuing to provide balanced political and economic coverage with social and cultural history woven throughout.

Table of Contents

I. Medieval Twilight: 1399 to 1485
1. The Curse of Disputed Succession
The Fall of Richard II (1377-1399)
Henry IV (1399-1413)
Henry V (1413-1422) and the War Against France
Henry VI (1422-1461, 1471): Part I, The Years of Minority
2. Economic Collapse and Social Dislocation
Changes in the Structure and Spirit of Feudalism
The Black Death (1348, 1361, 1369)
Economic Crisis (1400-1475)
The Peasantry
The Yeomanry
The Gentry
The Baronage
Bastard Feudalism
The Church
3. The Lion and the Unicorn
Henry VI (1440-1461, 1471): Part II, The Years of Incompetence
The Failure of Parliament
The Dynastic Issue
The Wars of the Roses
Edward IV (1471-1483)
Edward V (April 9-July 6, 1483)
Richard III (1483-1485)
The Battle of Bosworth Field
II. Rebuilding Society, Tudor Style: 1485 to 1547
4. Economic Resurgence and Social Change
Social and Intellectual Change
The Nation-State
The Heart of the Realm
5. Old Bottles, New Wines: The Reign of Henry VII
The New Monarchy
The Succession Secured
Financial Solvency and Fiscal Feudalism
The Resurgence of Royal Authority and the Rule of Law
The Art of Government
Tudor Cosmology and the Body Politic
6. This Realm of England Is an Empire
King and Cardinal
The Lessons of Diplomacy
The King's Great Matter
The Royal Supremacy
7. The Floodgates of Reformation
Debate over the Reformation
Acts Written in Blood
The Pilgrimage of Grace
Religion, Matrimony, and Diplomacy
III. Uneasy Equilibrium: 1547 to 1603
8. The Little Tudors
The Lord Protector
The Failure of Foreign Policy: France and Scotland
Religious Turmoil
Economic Trauma and Social Upheaval
The Wicked Earl
Purifying the Church
Mary Tudor (1553-1558)
Sedition and Heresy
The Smithfield Fires
9. Elizabeth of Good Memory
Elizabeth I (1558-1603)
The Elizabethan Religious Settlement
Religion and Diplomacy (1558-1572)
John Knox and Mary Queen of Scots
The Elizabethan Body Politic
The Landed Country Gentleman
The Theory of Paternalistic Government
Violence in Society
Life at the Bottom: The Village and Family
Tudor Schooling
Renaissance England
10. Crisis and Recessional
Cold War--Sixteenth-Century Style
The Northern Rebellion
Philip II of Spain and His Great Enterprise
Mary of Scotland and the Menace of English Catholicism
The Armada
Puritans and Puritanism
The Elizabethan House of Commons
The Winds of Economic and Intellectual Change
Essex and the Irish Wars
A Woman in a Man's World: The Gender Issue
IV. The Demise of the Tudor State: 1603 to 1660
11. Straining the System: The Reign of James I
James VI and I (1603-1625)
The Failure of Fiscal Reform
King and Parliament
"No Bishop, No King"
The Gunpowder Plot
James on His Own
"No Land Uninhabitable, No Sea Innavigable": Overseas Expansion and the Founding of Colonies
Foreign Policy and the Renewed War with Spain
12. Charles I and the Royal Road to War
Charles I (1625-1649): A Tidy King
The Spiral of Suspicion
Eleven Years of "Brave and Noble Resolutions" (1629-1640)
Makeshift Absolutism: Stuart Paternalism and the Policy of "Thorough"
Archbishop Laud and the "Reform" of the Church
War and the Collapse of Personal Rule
The Long Parliament
13. "This Bloody and Unnatural War"
The Anatomy of Rebellion
"War Without an Enemy"
The Drift Toward Revolution
The End of the Old Constitution
The Rump Against the Army
The Search for Legality
A New Foreign Policy
Restoring the Monarchy
V. Society Restyled: 1660 to 1688
14. Charles II and the Fruits of Revolution
John Milton Versus Thomas Hobbes
The Restoration: What Was Restored
Restoration Politics
My Lord of Shaftesbury and the Popish Plot
15. The Triumph of the Oligarchs
James II (1685-1689): A King of "No True Judgment"
Turning Back the Clock
The European Scene
The Glorious Revolution
Appendix. Bibliography. Index