Examining everything from gunmakers’ records to wills, and from period portraits to toy guns, Gun Culture in Early Modern England offers new data and fresh insights on the place of the gun in English society.
Author: Lois G. Schwoerer
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Guns had an enormous impact on the social, economic, cultural, and political lives of civilian men, women, and children of all social strata in early modern England. In this study, Lois Schwoerer identifies and analyzes England’s domestic gun culture from 1500 to 1740, uncovering how guns became available, what effects they had on society, and how different sectors of the population contributed to gun culture. The rise of guns made for recreational use followed the development of a robust gun industry intended by King Henry VIII to produce artillery and handguns for war. Located first in London, the gun industry brought the city new sounds, smells, street names, shops, sights, and communities of gun workers, many of whom were immigrants. Elite men used guns for hunting, target shooting, and protection. They collected beautifully decorated guns, gave them as gifts, and included them in portraits and coats-of-arms, regarding firearms as a mark of status, power, and sophistication. With statutes and proclamations, the government legally denied firearms to subjects with an annual income under £100—about 98 percent of the population—whose reactions ranged from grudging acceptance to willful disobedience. Schwoerer shows how this domestic gun culture influenced England’s Bill of Rights in 1689, a document often cited to support the claim that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution conveys the right to have arms as an Anglo-American legacy. Schwoerer shows that the Bill of Rights did not grant a universal right to have arms, but rather a right restricted by religion, law, and economic standing, terms that reflected the nation's gun culture. Examining everything from gunmakers’ records to wills, and from period portraits to toy guns, Gun Culture in Early Modern England offers new data and fresh insights on the place of the gun in English society.
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Author: Catherine Fletcher
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
A new account of the birth of the West through its birthplace--Renaissance Italy The period between 1492--resonant for a number of reasons--and 1571, when the Ottoman navy was defeated in the Battle of Lepanto, embraces what we know as the Renaissance, one of the most dynamic and creatively explosive epochs in world history. Here is the period that gave rise to so many great artists and figures, and which by its connection to its classical heritage enabled a redefinition, even reinvention, of human potential. It was a moment both of violent struggle and great achievement, of Michelangelo and da Vinci as well as the Borgias and Machiavelli. At the hub of this cultural and intellectual ferment was Italy. The Beauty and the Terror offers a vibrant history of Renaissance Italy and its crucial role in the emergence of the Western world. Drawing on a rich range of sources--letters, interrogation records, maps, artworks, and inventories--Catherine Fletcher explores both the explosion of artistic expression and years of bloody conflict between Spain and France, between Catholic and Protestant, between Christian and Muslim; in doing so, she presents a new way of witnessing the birth of the West.
The French may well have done something to stir the pot in Scotland as the
Covenanters organized in 1638 – 39 ( the smoking gun has never been found ) ,
and they certainly were in close touch , even in collaboration , with the
Author: Ronald Corthell
This collection of essays explores the survival of Catholic culture in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England--a time of Protestant domination and sometimes persecution. Contributors examine not only devotional, political, autobiographical, and other written texts, but also material objects such as church vestments, architecture, and symbolic spaces. Among the topics discussed in this volume are the influence of Latin culture on Catholic women, Marian devotion, the activities of Catholics in continental seminaries and convents, the international context of English Catholicism, and the influential role of women as maintainers of Catholic culture in a hostile religious and political environment. Catholic Culture in Early Modern England makes an important contribution to the ongoing project of historians and literary scholars to rewrite the cultural history of post-Reformation English Catholicism. "This collection contains cutting-edge research on a topic that has, until recently, been shockingly unrecognized and under-studied in the academic mainstream. This is a timely publication and one bound to prove a key point of reference in the future. " --Alison Shell, University of Durham "In recent years, English Catholicism has emerged as one of the most richly provocative and productive veins of scholarship and critical inquiry in Early Modern studies. Catholic Culture in Early Modern England shows why this is so. The editors have assembled a well-balanced and wide-ranging collection of essays that impressively demonstrates how the question of what counts as English Catholic experience opens up fresh perspectives on the nature and scope of confessional and political identity and, more broadly, on the meaning of culture itself in relation to the diaspora that left its mark not only on early modern religious and social space but also on gender roles, aesthetic practice, and the uses of symbolic forms." --Lowell Gallagher, UCLA "Catholic Culture in Early Modern England is a well-considered contribution to the ongoing re-evaluation of post-Reformation English Catholicism and early modern history. The judicious introduction appropriately locates the essays in the wider context of contemporary scholarship and places them in relation to each other. The essays themselves shed light on familiar figures (Queen Henrietta Maria, William Alabaster, John Gerard, William Allen, and Robert Persons) as well as on unfamiliar ones (Helena Wintour and Barbara Constable). Some illuminate Catholic institutions, cultural practices, and individual works. All in all, this is a timely, thoughtful, and valuable collection." --Robert S. Miola, Gerard Manley Hopkins Professor, Loyola College "English Catholics lived among their Protestant neighbors, but they had cultural practices that identified them as Catholics, gave them a sense of community, and quietly asserted their values. These articles do a fine job of opening up the mental and physical worlds they created and represented in their gardens, houses, needlework, conversion narratives and high literature. Tied to international Catholicism, English Catholics lived within a sophisticated culture made more complex by secrecy." --Norman Jones, Utah State University
Guns and gunpowder pervaded the city and had a significant impact on its
development: they changed the cityscape, ... In the following, I am drawing on the
ideas and language of my book manuscript, “Gun Culture in early modern
Author: Melinda S. Zook
Offering a broad and eclectic approach to the experience and activities of early modern women, Challenging Orthodoxies presents new research from a group of leading voices in their respective fields. Each essay confronts some received wisdom, ’truth’ or orthodoxy in social and cultural, scientific and intellectual, and political and legal traditions, to demonstrate how women from a range of social classes could challenge the conventional thinking of their time as well as the ways in which they have been traditionally portrayed by scholars. Subjects include women's relationship to guns and gunpowder, the law and legal discourse, religion, public finances, and the new science in early modern Europe, as well as women and indentured servitude in the New World. A testament to the pioneering work of Hilda L. Smith, this collection makes a valuable contribution to scholarship in women’s studies, political science, history, religion and literature.
86 Walker , Crime , Gender and Social Order , pp . 24 – 9 ; S . D . Amussen , " The
gendering of popular culture in early modern England ' , in T . Harris ( ed . ) ,
Popular Culture in England , c . 1500 – 1850 ( Basingstoke , 1995 ) , pp . 48 – 68
Author: Sharon Howard
This book is based on a detailed study of the court records of the county of Denbighshire in north-east Wales, focusing on the period from 1660 to 1730. It explores, among other things, authority as both powerful and precarious; revealing the divisions and inequalities as well as the shared experiences and attitudes within local communities.
The Origins of a National Gun Culture Michael A. Bellesiles ... 63 Nor is there
much evidence that criminals used guns . ... 64 Most personal violence in early
modern England occurred not on lonely highways but at public festivals , often ...
Author: Michael A. Bellesiles
"Michael A. Bellesiles is Professor of History at Emory University and Director of Emory's Center for the Study of Violence."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
It would be a mistake , however , to assume that the relationship between the
new faith and popular culture was only a one ... It depicted the fiend as a bird -
like creature with a peacock ' s tail , holding a gun in one of its misshapen hands .
Author: Darren Oldridge
Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited
This book for the first time, traces religious, popular and political uses of Satan and witchcraft in early modern England.
The ' female tongue ' – a woman ' s primary weapon of attack – was presented as
a perennial source of martial discord ... in Early Modern England ( Oxford , 1988 )
; eadem , ' The Gendering of Popular Culture in Early Modern England ' in Tim ...
Author: Geraint H. Jenkins
Publisher: Social History of the Welsh Language S.
This volume contains 22 chapters dealing with the status of the Welsh language in a wide range of social domains, including agriculture and industry, education, religion, politics, law and culture.
In act one he appears on stage reading Palmerin of England, which he draws on,
along with other early modern ... in London's May Day celebrations; and finally
calls 'all the youths together in battleray, with drums, and guns, and flags' to ...
Author: Dr Abigail Shinn
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of current research on popular culture in the early modern era. For the first time a detailed yet wide-ranging consideration of the breadth and scope of early modern popular culture in England is collected in one volume, highlighting the interplay of 'low' and 'high' modes of cultural production (while also questioning the validity of such terminology). The authors examine how popular culture impacted upon people's everyday lives during the period, helping to define how individuals and groups experienced the world. Issues as disparate as popular reading cultures, games, food and drink, time, textiles, religious belief and superstition, and the function of festivals and rituals are discussed. This research companion will be an essential resource for scholars and students of early modern history and culture.
101 (November 1983): 22-33; J. A. Sharpe, Crime in Early Modern England:
1550-1750 (London, 1984); Thomas A. ... 1985); Martin Wiener, Reconstructing
the Criminal: Culture, Law and Policy in England, 18)0-1914 (Cambridge, 1990).
Author: Joyce Lee Malcolm
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Behind the passionate debate over gun control and armed crime lurk assumptions about the link between guns and violence. Indeed, the belief that more guns in private hands means higher rates of armed crime underlies most modern gun control legislation. But are these assumptions valid? Investigating the complex and controversial issue of the real relationship between guns and violence, Joyce Lee Malcolm presents an incisive, thoroughly researched historical study of England, whose strict gun laws and low rates of violent crime are often cited as proof that gun control works. To place the private ownership of guns in context, Malcolm offers a wide-ranging examination of English society from the Middle Ages to the late twentieth century, analyzing changing attitudes toward crime and punishment, the impact of war, economic shifts, and contrasting legal codes on violence. She looks at the level of armed crime in England before its modern restrictive gun legislation, the limitations that gun laws have imposed, and whether those measures have succeeded in reducing the rate of armed crime. Malcolm also offers a revealing comparison of the experience in England experience with that in the modern United States. Today Americans own some 200 million guns and have seen eight consecutive years of declining violence, while the English--prohibited from carrying weapons and limited in their right to self-defense have suffered a dramatic increase in rates of violent crime. This timely and thought-provoking book takes a crucial step in illuminating the actual relationship between guns and violence in modern society.
Even during what Andrew Thrush has termed ' the personal rule of James I ' , as
Alastair Bellany has shown , ostensibly ... 34 In turn , as Kevin Sharpe has shown
, it was the very intensity of the political crisis of the 1620s that shaped the
peculiar cultural politics of the 1630s . ... These were wars of words as well as
Author: Peter Lake
Includes contributions from key early modern historians, this book uses and critiques the notion of the public sphere to produce a new account of England in the post-reformation period from the 1530s to the early eighteenth century. Makes a substantive contribution to the historiography of early modern England.
The threat of publicity could be a powerful weapon in the hands of the betrayed
wife . When Samuel Pepys ... examples , see S . D . Amussen , An Ordered
Society : Gender and Class in Early Modern England ( Oxford , 1988 ) , chs . 4
and s . ... 5 * Le Strange attributes many of his anecdotes to 216 FEMALE
Author: Assistant Professor in the Arts and Science Program Sara Mendelson
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
What was life like for ordinary women who lived in Tudor and Stuart England? This fascinating book provides a frank account of the daily experiences of these women, using first-hand sources such as letters, diaries, and household accounts.