THE SOCIAL WORLD OF EARLY MODERN WESTMINSTER
Abbey, Court and Community, 1525-1640

J F MERRITT
288pp 4 ILLUS 2005 OUT OF PRINT H440

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This book is the first study to provide an integrated picture of the town of Westminster from the Reformation to the Civil War, a crucial period in its history. It reveals the increasingly difficult relations between the diverse groups of people who constituted local society - the court, the aristocracy, the Abbey, the middling sort, and the poor - and their competing visions of Westminster’s identity. It looks at the impact of the Reformation and the building of Whitehall Palace, the problem of poverty and the politics of communal responsibility, the character and significance of an increasing gentry presence, the problematic role of the post-Reformation Abbey, the nature and ideology of local governing elites, the changing religious culture of the area, the struggles over the emerging townscape, and the impact of the personal rule of Charles I.
This is a work of real scholarship, based on a wealth of original archival research, addressing important questions in current historical debates, presented in a very accessible, readable and engaging form. Vanessa Harding, Birkbeck College, University of London