In a Free Republic by Alison Plowden
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In a Free Republic
By Alison Plowden

In a Free Republic

Life in Cromwell's England

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In a Free Republic by Alison Plowden

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This is a study of life during the Interregnum: the unique period in England's history, when it was a commonwealth, from 1649-1660. During this time, the House of Lords was abolished along with the monarchy, the Anglican church was in eclipse and the "Book of Common Prayer" proscribed. The Interregnum was first dominated by the struggle for supremacy between parliament and army then the country was governed by the Protectorate - a highly unpopular form of martial law - and Cromwell's was installed as Lord Protector and king in all but name. It was also a time of intellectual upheaval, with the proliferation of sects and splinter groups, from the Levellers, sometimes described as prototype socialists, to the Diggers, who established a commune in Surrey; from the Fifth Monarchy Men, who confidently anticipated the imminent rule of Christ and his saints, to the Quakers, who first appeared in the 1650s. Drawing on contemporary memoirs, diaries, letters, newspapers and state papers, this book will reveal what family life, religion, culture and literacy, trade, domestic life, health were under the Commonwealth.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750918831
ISBN-10: 0750918837
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alison Plowden

Alison Plowden worked at the BBC as a script editor in Features and Drama until 1969, before leaving to work as a full-time writer. She has had numerous books published, specialising in the Tudor and Stuart periods, her most recent being Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen (Sutton, 2003). She lives in Oxfordshire.

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