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Title: Public ritual in English towns, c.1629-1670
Author: Calladine, Amy Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 6346 7943
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis explores public ritual in English towns from c. 1629-1670. Using a combination of manuscript and printed materials from a range of locations, it presents a multi-layered analysis of secular ceremonial activity from the Personal Rule of King Charles 1 through to the first decade of restored monarchical government. Events examined include the welcome of important visitors into towns, the marking of regime change, public commemorative activity, and the manipulation of established ritual practices. The thesis is split into four core chapters. Chapter one assesses the use of and challenges to ceremonial manifestations of authority associated with the Personal Rule. Chapter two considers the specific situation from the first to the second civil wars. Chapter three evaluates the form and function of ritual activity following the establishment of the Commonwealth and throughout the 1650s. Chapter four extends the analysis beyond the Restoration of May 1660 and across the first ten years of the new regime. Despite representing a period of intense political, social, and religious crisis, there has been remarkably little work on urban culture during these years. The majority of research on seventeenth-century towns has limited itself to questions of partisan allegiance and/or the mechanics of local government. Where ritual has been touched upon, it is usually as a relatively smaller part of larger investigations embracing both the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and without a specific focus on the experience of towns. This study illustrates how ceremonial activity in a range of urban centres could actually be more relevant in times of revolutionary upheaval and was consistently recognised as a crucial facet in both the defence and challenge of established authority. Therefore, the thesis fills an important historiographical gap whilst also offering a new perspective on the longer-term experience of political and religious disruption, c. 1629-1670.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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