God Speed the Plough
The Representation of Agrarian England, 1500-1660
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God Speed the Plough by Andrew McRae
Book DescriptionThis book presents a fresh view of crucial processes of change, offering through an interdisciplinary analysis, fresh insights into both the history and literature of the land in early modern England. In the period 1500 to 1660 the practices and values of rural England were exposed to unprecedented challenges. Within this context a wide variety of commentators examined and debated the changing conditions, a process documented in the pages of sermons, pamphlets, satiric verse and drama, husbandry and surveying manuals, chorographical tracts, and rural poetry. The book argues that important movements revised assumptions about agrarian England, and shaped bold new appreciations of rural life. While Tudor moralists responded to social crises by asserting ideals of rural stability and community, by the seventeenth century a discourse of improvement promoted divergent notions of thrift and property.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521524667
(216mm x 138mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 12-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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