Hunting and the politics of violence before the English civil war

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A major contribution to debates about the origins of the Civil War, this study of English forests and hunting from the late sixteenth-century to the early 1640s explores their significance in the symbolism and effective power of royalty and the nobility in early modern England. Blending social, cultural and political history, Dan Beaver examines the interrelationships among four local communities to explain the violent political conflicts in the forests in the years leading up to the civil war. Adopting a micro-historical approach, the book explores how local politics became bound up with national political and ideological divisions. The author argues that, from the early seventeenth-century, a politics of land use in forests and other hunting reserves involved its participants in a sophisticated political discourse, touching on the principles of law and justice, the authority of the crown and the nature of a commonwealth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages178
ISBN (Electronic)9780511660184
ISBN (Print)9780521878531
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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