Image for The blazing world  : a new history of revolutionary England

The blazing world : a new history of revolutionary England

See all formats and editions

'This is a wonderful book, exhaustively researched, vigorously argued and teeming with the furious joy of seventeenth-century life' THE TIMES'A brilliant, bloody account of England's most dramatic century . . . Thrilling' TELEGRAPH‘The most entertaining general history of seventeenth-century England I have read’ TOM HOLLANDThe seventeenth century began as the English found themselves ruled by a Scotsman, and ended in the shadow of a Dutch invasion.

Midway through, society collapsed into a civil war, followed by army coup and regicide.

For a short time – for the only time in history – England was a republic.

In coffee shops and alehouses, ordinary people fizzed with ideas that were angry, populist and almost impossible to control. Despite these radical changes, few today fully understand the story of this revolutionary age.

Leaders like Oliver Cromwell, Charles II and William of Orange have been reduced to caricatures, while major turning points like the Civil War and the Glorious Revolution are shrouded in myth.

Yet, as Jonathan Healey argues, the period has never been more relevant.

From raw politics to religious divisions, civil wars to witch trials, plague to press freedoms, The Blazing World tells the story of this strange but fascinating century in exuberant, panoramic detail.

Read More
£9.74 Save 25.00%
RRP £12.99
Add Line Customisation
500+ in stock Need More ?
Add to List
Product Details
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
152662169X / 9781526621696
Paperback / softback
United Kingdom
492 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black
20 cm
Reprint. Originally published: 2023.