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Gentry culture and the politics of religion: Cheshire on the eve of civil war

Richard Cust and Peter Lake


This book aims to revisit the county study as a way into understanding the dynamics of the English civil war during the 1640s. It explores gentry culture and the extent to which early Stuart Cheshire could be said to be a ‘county community’. It investigates the responses of the county’s governing elite and puritan religious establishment to highly polarising interventions by the central government and Laudian ecclesiastical authorities during Charles I’s Personal Rule. The second half of the book provides a rich and detailed analysis of the petitioning movements and side-taking in Cheshire dur ... More

Keywords: English civil war, Cheshire, gentry culture, county community, puritan religious establishment, Laudian ecclesiastic authorities, Personal Rule, Charles I, petitioning, side-taking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526114402
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526114426


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Cust, author
University of Birmingham

Peter Lake, author
Vanderbilt University