Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution--Revisited

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This is a revised edition of Christopher Hill's classic and ground-breaking examination of the motivations behind the English Revolution and Civil War, first published in 1965. In addition to the text of the original, Dr Hill provides thirteen new chapters which take account of other publications since the first edition, bringing his work up-to-date in a stimulating and enjoyable way.

This book poses the problem of how, after centuries of rule by King, lords, and bishops, when the thinking of all was dominated by the established church, English men and women found the courage to revolt against Charles I, abolish bishops, and execute the king in the name of his people. The far-reaching effects and the novelty of what was achieved should not be underestimated - the first legalized regicide, rather than an assassination; the formal establishment of some degree of religious toleration; Parliament taking effective control of finance and foreign policy on behalf of gentry and merchants, thus guaranteeing the finance necessary to make England the world's leading naval power; abolition of the Church's prerogative courts (confirming gentry control at a local level); and the abolition of feudal tenures, which made possible first the agricultural and then the industrial revolution. Christopher Hill examines the intellectual forces which helped to prepare minds for a revolution that was much more than the religious wars and revolts which had gone before, and which became the precedent for the great revolutionary upheavals of the future.

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Christopher Hill's knowledge of the English Civil War period is second to none and, like all of his books, Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution is an insightful, passionate, fluid and fiercely intelligent take on its subject matter. The writer of such classics as The World Turned Upside Down and his superb examination of Cromwell, God's Englishman, Hill is here determined to show that there is "more in common between the 17th-century English Revolution and the French Revolution of 1789 than traditional English historiography allowed". What Hill shows, then, is that the English Civil War was far more politically, intelligently and overtly philosophically radical than has been allowed by previous historians, and that there were extremely subversive tendencies within, and outside, the Republican side that were willing to take the Bible literally and strike out for a heaven on earth. It would seem shattering enough that Charles I was executed for treason in 1649 but the fascinating intellectual revolt that led to this possibility is Hill's focus here: science and medicine are appraised; William Tyndale evaluated (If God Spare My Life by Brian Moynahan provides interesting additional information on Tyndale and Sir Thomas More); and the three great figures of Francis Bacon, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Edward Coke have their hugely important contributions discussed. Hill is always a pleasure to read and this revised edition (13 new chapters, which doubles the size of the original 1965 text) is as good as it gets.--Mark Thwaite

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This is not just a fascinating and beautifully written account of the English Revolution; it is a classic, and treats of an important crux in the history of England and the world. If to read history is an appurtenance of the civilised mind, this is an essential book. (A.C. Grayling, Financial Times)

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