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This volume ranges widely across the social, religious and political history of revolution in seventeenth-century Britain and Ireland, from contemporary responses to the outbreak of war to the critique of the post-regicidal regimes; from royalist counsels to Lilburne's politics; and across the three Stuart kingdoms. However, all the essays engage with a central issue - the ways in which individuals experienced the crises of mid seventeenth-century Britain and Ireland and what that tells us about the nature of the Revolution as a whole. Responding in particular to three influential lines of interpretation - local, religious and British - the contributors, all leading specialists in the field, demonstrate that to comprehend the causes, trajectory and consequences of the Revolution we must understand it as a human and dynamic experience, as a process. This volume reveals how an understanding of these personal experiences can provide the basis on which to build up larger frameworks of interpretation.


'This collection of fourteen essays, contributed by academic historians taught by [Professor] Morrill, is published to mark his 65th birthday. Quite naturally they are centred on seventeenth-century English history, [Professor] Morrill's field … The contributions, relatively short due to the total number, will give insights into the latest views into this highly debated period.'

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'The volume ranges widely across social, religious and political history.'

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Bibliography of the major writings of John Morrill, 1967–2009
(with Dore, R. N.) ‘The allegiance of the Cheshire gentry in the Great Civil War’, Transactions of the Lancashire & Cheshire Antiquarian Society, 77 (1967), 47–76
Mutiny and discontent in English provincial armies, 1645–1647’, Past and Present, 56 (1972), 49–74
Cheshire, 1630–1660: County Government and Society during the ‘English Revolution’ (Oxford, 1974)
William Davenport and the “silent majority” of early Stuart England’, Journal of the Chester and North Wales Archaeological Society, 58 (1975), 115–29
The Revolt of the Provinces: Conservatives and Radicals in the English Civil War, 1630–1650 (1976)
The Cheshire Grand Jury, 1625–1659: A Social and Administrative Study (Leicester, 1976)
Puritanism and the Church in the Diocese of Chester’, Northern History, 12 (1976), 145–55
‘The Army Revolt of 1647’, in Duke, A. C. and Tamse, C. A., eds., Britain and the Netherlands, volume 6: War and Society (The Hague, 1977), pp. 54–78
Provincial squires and “middling sorts” in the Great Rebellion’, Historical Journal, 20 (1977), 229–36
English local government in the early modern period’, Archives, 13 (1977), 41–7
In search of “Popery and Arbitrary Rule”’, Historical Journal, 20 (1977), 961–70
French Absolutism as Limited Monarchy’, Historical Journal, 21 (1978), 961–72
(with Aylmer, G. E.) The Civil War and Interregnum: Sources for Local Historians (1979)
‘Parliamentary representation, 1543–1974’, in Harris, B. E., ed., Victoria History of the County of Chester, Volume II (Oxford, 1979), pp. 98–166
The northern gentry and the Great Rebellion’, Northern History, 15 (1979), 66–87
Seventeenth-Century Britain, 1603–1714 (Folkestone, 1980)
The Revolt of the Provinces: Conservatives and Radicals in the English Civil War, 1630–1650 (Harlow, 1980)
The diversity of local history’, Historical Journal, 24 (1981), 717–29
King Oliver?’, Cromwelliana (1981), 20–5
(edited) Reactions to the English Civil War, 1642–1649 (1982), to which also contributed ‘Introduction’ (pp. 1–27) and ‘The Church in England 1642–9’ (pp. 89–114, 230–4)
Seventeenth-century Scotland’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 33 (1982), 266–71
Reading History: the English Civil Wars, 1642–1649’, History Today, 32 (1982), 51–2
(edited with Aylmer, G. E.) Cooper, J. P., Land, Men and Beliefs: Studies in Early Modern History (1983), to which also contributed ‘J. P. Cooper as a teacher’ (pp. xiv–xviii)
‘Introduction’, in Wilson, J., ed., Buckinghamshire Contributions for Ireland, 1642, Buckinghamshire Record Society, 21 (1983), pp. vii–xiii
‘John Lilburne’ and ‘Robert Lilburne’, in Greaves, Richard L. and Zaller, Robert, eds., Biographical Dictionary of British Radicals in the Seventeenth Century, volume 2: G–O (Brighton, 1983), pp. 186–9, 189–90
‘The Stuarts (1603–1688)’, in Morgan, Kenneth O., ed., The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain (Oxford, 1984), pp. 286–351
The religious context of the English Civil War’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th series, 34 (1984), 155–78
What was the English Revolution?’, History Today, 34 (1984), 11–16
Recent works (1977–1982) on early modern British history: a review essay’, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 97 (1984), 548–54
‘Government and politics: England and Wales, 1625–1701’, in Haigh, Christopher, ed., The Cambridge Historical Encyclopedia of Great Britain and Ireland (Cambridge, 1985), pp. 199–205
(with Walter, John) ‘Order and disorder in the English Revolution’, in Fletcher, Anthony and Stevenson, John, ed., Order and Disorder in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 1985), pp. 137–65
‘The attack on the Church of England in the Long Parliament, 1640–1642’, in Beales, Derek and Best, Geoffrey, eds., History, Society and the Churches: Essays in Honour of Owen Chadwick (Cambridge, 1985), pp. 105–24
Sir William Brereton and England's Wars of Religion’, Journal of British Studies, 24 (1985), 311–32
Between Conventions: the members of Restoration parliaments’, Parliamentary History, 5 (1986), 125–32
The ecology of allegiance in the English Revolution’, Journal of British Studies, 26 (1987), 451–67
Microform and the Historian’, Microform Review, 16 (1987), 204–12
(with Daniels, Christopher W.) Charles I (Cambridge, 1988)
The later Stuarts: a glorious Restoration?’, History Today, 38 (1988), 8–16
Tempered steel: the making of Oliver Cromwell’, Cromwelliana (1989), 2–9
Christopher Hill's revolution’, History, 74 (1989), 243–52
(edited) Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution (Harlow, 1990), to which also contributed ‘Introduction’ (pp. 1–18), ‘The making of Oliver Cromwell’ (pp. 19–48), and ‘Cromwell and his contemporaries’ (pp. 259–81)
(edited) The Scottish National Covenant in its British Context, 1638–51 (Edinburgh, 1990), to which also contributed ‘The National Covenant in its British context’ (pp. 1–30)
Morrill, John’, in Gardiner, Juliet, ed., The History Debate (1990), pp. 90–5
‘Rhetoric and action: Charles I, tyranny, and the English revolution’, in Schochet, Gordon J., Tatspaugh, Patricia E. and Brobeck, Carol, eds., Religion, Resistance, and Civil War: Papers Presented at the Folger Institute Seminar ‘Political thought in Early Modern England, 1600–1660’ (Washington, DC, 1990), pp. 91–113
Textualizing and contextualizing Cromwell’, Historical Journal, 33 (1990), 629–39
(edited) The Impact of the English Civil War (1991), to which also contributed ‘Introduction’ (pp. 8–16) and ‘The impact of Puritanism’ (pp. 50–66)
‘The sensible revolution’, in Israel, Jonathan I., ed., The Anglo-Dutch Moment: Essays on the Glorious Revolution and its World Impact (Cambridge, 1991), pp. 73–104
Charles I, Cromwell and Cicero’, Connotations, 1 (1991), 96–102
(edited) Revolution and Restoration: England in the 1650s (1992), to which also contributed ‘Introduction’ (pp. 8–14) and ‘The impact on society’ (pp. 91–111)
The causes of the British Civil Wars’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 43 (1992), 624–33
The Nature of the English Revolution (Harlow, 1993)
(edited with Slack, Paul and Woolf, Daniel) Public Duty and Private Conscience in Seventeenth-Century England: Essays presented to G. E. Aylmer (Oxford, 1993), to which also contributed ‘William Dowsing, the bureaucratic Puritan’ (pp. 173–203)
‘The Britishness of the English Revolution’, in Asch, Ronald G., ed., Three Nations – a Common History? England, Scotland, Ireland and British History, c. 1600–1920 (Bochum, 1993), pp. 83–115
‘The historian and the “historical filter”’, in Hegarty, Andrew, ed., The Past and the Present: Problems of Understanding (Oxford, 1993), pp. 93–100
‘A British patriarchy? Ecclesiastical imperialism under the early Stuarts’, in Fletcher, Anthony and Roberts, Peter, eds., Religion, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain: Essays in Honour of Patrick Collinson (Cambridge, 1994), pp. 209–37
‘The English, the Scots and the British’, in Hodge, Patrick S., ed., Scotland and the Union (Edinburgh, 1994), pp. 76–86
Reconstructing the history of early Stuart parliaments’, Archives, 21 (1994), 67–72
Conflict probable or inevitable?’, New Left Review, I/207 (1994), 113–23
‘Three kingdoms and one commonwealth? The enigma of mid-seventeenth-century Britain and Ireland’, in Grant, Alexander and Stringer, Keith J., eds., Uniting the Kingdom? The Making of British history (1995), pp. 170–90
‘The fashioning of Britain’, in Ellis, Steven G. and Barber, Sarah, eds., Conquest and Union: Fashioning a British state, 1485–1725 (1995), pp. 8–39
‘The unweariableness of Mr Pym: influence and eloquence in the Long Parliament’, in Amussen, Susan D. and Kishlansky, Mark A., eds., Political Culture and Cultural Politics in Early Modern England: Essays Presented to David Underdown (Manchester, 1995), pp. 19–54
Paying One's D'Ewes’, Parliamentary History, 14 (1995), 179–86
(edited) The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart Britain (Oxford, 1996), to which also contributed ‘Three Stuart kingdoms, 1603–1689’ (pp. 74–89) and ‘Politics in an age of revolution, 1630–1690’ (pp. 361–96)
(edited with Bradshaw, Brendan) The British Problem, c. 1534–1707: State Formation in the Atlantic Archipelago (1996), to which also contributed ‘The British problem, c. 1534–1707’ (pp. 1–38)
Getting over D'Ewes’, Parliamentary History, 15 (1996), 221–30
Taking liberties with the seventeenth century’, Parliamentary History, 15 (1996), 379–91
(edited with Caldecott, Stratford) Eternity in Time: Christopher Dawson and the Catholic Idea of History (Edinburgh, 1997), to which also contributed ‘Introduction’ (pp. 1–10)
‘Historical introduction and overview: the un-English civil war’, in Young, John R., ed., Celtic Dimensions of the British Civil Wars (Edinburgh, 1997), pp. 1–17
(edited with Gentles, Ian and Worden, Blair) Soldiers, Writers and Statesmen of the English Revolution (Cambridge, 1998), to which also contributed ‘Preface’ (pp. ix–xi)
(general editor) The Royal Historical Society Bibliography on CD-ROM: the History of Britain, Ireland, and the British Overseas (Oxford, 1998)
(consultant editor) Kenyon, John and Ohlmeyer, Jane, eds., The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638–1660 (Oxford, 1998), to which also contributed ‘Introduction’ (pp. xix–xxiv) and ‘Postlude: between war and peace, 1651–1662’ (pp. 306–28)
King killing no murder’, Cromwelliana (1998), 12–22
The English church in the seventeenth century’, History Review, 30 (1998), 18–23
Through a Venetian glass, darkly’, Parliamentary History, 17 (1998), 244–7
Revolt in the Provinces: The People of England and the Tragedies of War, 1630–1648, 2nd edn (Harlow, 1999)
‘The war(s) of the three kingdoms’, in Burgess, Glenn, ed., The New British History: Founding a Modern State, 1603–1715 (1999), pp. 65–91
John Philipps Kenyon, 1927–1996’, Proceedings of the British Academy, 101 (1999), 441–61
‘“A great and deserved name”: commemorating Cromwell’, History Review, 34 (1999), 22–25
Stuart Britain: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2000)
(consultant editor) The Penguin Atlas of British and Irish History from Earliest Times to the Present Day (2001), to which also contributed ‘Part Three: Early modern Britain and Ireland: introduction’ (pp. 112–13)
‘The causes and course of the British Civil Wars’, in Keeble, N. H., ed., The Cambridge Companion to Writing of the English Revolution (Cambridge, 2001), pp. 13–31
‘William Dowsing and the administration of iconoclasm’, in Cooper, Trevor, ed., The Journal of William Dowsing: Iconoclasm in East Anglia during the English Civil War (Woodbridge, 2001), pp. 1–28
‘The house of Stuart (1603–1714)’, in Ormrod, W. M., ed., The Kings and Queens of England (Stroud, 2001), pp. 225–61
(with Baker, Philip) ‘Oliver Cromwell, the regicide and the Sons of Zeruiah’, in Peacey, Jason, ed., The Regicides and the Execution of Charles I (Basingstoke, 2001), pp. 14–35
(with Baker, Philip) ‘The case of the armie truly re-stated’, in Mendle, Michael, ed., The Putney Debates of 1647: The Army, the Levellers and the English State (Cambridge, 2001), pp. 103–24
(with Loewenstein, David) ‘Literature and religion’, in Loewenstein, David and Mueller, Janel, eds., The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge, 2002), pp. 664–713
‘Introduction’ to reprint of Trevelyan, G. M., England under the Stuarts (2002), pp. ix–xiv
‘A liberation theology? Aspects of Puritanism in the English Revolution’, in Knoppers, Laura Lunger, ed., Puritanism and its Discontents (Newark, 2003), pp. 27–48
‘Rethinking revolution in seventeenth-century Britain’, in Kondo, Kazuhiko, ed., State and Empire in British History (Kyoto, 2003), pp. 39–57
Rewriting Cromwell: a case of deafening silences’, Canadian Journal of History, 38 (2003), 553–78
Christopher Hill’, History Today, 53 (2003), 28–29
(consultant editor) The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 2004), to which also contributed articles on Bennett, Robert; Brereton, William; (with Kishlansky, Mark A.) Charles, I; Cholmondeley, Robert, earl of Leinster; Oliver Cromwell; Davenport, William; Devereux, Robert, third earl of Essex; Dowsing, William; Guerden, Aaron; Holles, Denzil, first Holles, Baron; Southworth, John; Venables, Robert
(edited) The Promotion of Knowledge: Lectures to Mark the Centenary of the British Academy, 1902–2002, Proceedings of the British Academy, 122 (Oxford, 2004), to which also contributed ‘Introduction: The British Academy Centenary Lectures’ (pp. 1–7)
‘Conclusion: king-killing in perspective’, in Friedeburg, Robert, ed., Murder and Monarchy: Regicide in European History, 1300–1800 (Basingstoke, 2004), pp. 293–9
Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears a Crown”: Dynastic Crises in Tudor and Stewart Britain, 1504–1746, The Stenton Lecture for 2003 (Reading, 2005)
‘Concluding reflection: confronting the violence of the Irish reformations’, in Ford, Alan and McCafferty, John, eds., The Origins of Sectarianism in Early Modern Ireland (Cambridge, 2005), pp. 229–39
The English, the Scots, and the dilemmas of union, 1638–1654’, Proceedings of the British Academy, 127 (2005), 57–74
The Morrill majority: Daniel Snowman meets John Morrill’, History Today, 55 (2005), 18–20
‘Thinking about the new British history’, in Armitage, David, ed., British Political Thought in History, Literature and Theory, 1500–1800 (Cambridge, 2006), pp. 23–46
‘Afterword: the word became flawed’, in Hessayon, Ariel and Keene, Nicholas, eds., Scripture and Scholarship in Early Modern England (Aldershot, 2006), pp. 248–52
Oliver Cromwell (Oxford, 2007)
‘The Drogheda Massacre in Cromwellian context’, in Edwards, David, Lenihan, Pádraig and Tait, Clodagh, eds., Age of Atrocity: Violence and Political Conflict in Early Modern Ireland (Dublin, 2007), pp. 242–65
‘Conrad Sebastian Robert Russell, fifth Earl Russell’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online edition, Oxford, 2008)
‘How Oliver Cromwell thought’, in Morrow, John and Scott, Jonathan, eds., Liberty, Authority, Formality: Political Ideas and Culture, 1600–1900 (Exeter, 2008), pp. 89–111
‘The rule of saints and soldiers: the wars of religion in Britain and Ireland, 1638–1660’, in Wormald, Jenny, ed., The Short Oxford History of the British Isles: The Seventeenth Century (Oxford, 2008), pp. 83–115
‘The Puritan Revolution’, in Coffey, John and Lim, Paul C. H., eds., The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism (Cambridge, 2008), pp. 67–88
‘Foreword: on naming and shaming elephants in the room’, in Siochrú, Micheál Ó, Confederate Ireland, 1642–1649: A Constitutional and Political Analysis, 2nd edn (Dublin, 2008), pp. i–viii
Woolrych, Austin Herbert, 1918–2004’, Proceedings of the British Academy, 153 (2008), 391–413
‘Oliver Cromwell and the Civil Wars’, in Doran, Susan and Freeman, Thomas S., eds., Tudors and Stuarts on Film: Historical Perspectives (Basingstoke, 2009), pp. 204–19
‘1662: Charles II pays a heavy price for his Restoration’, in Wood, Michael, ed., The Great Turning Points in British History: The 20 Events that Made the Nation (2009), pp. 129–38


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