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    DescriptionThe Puritan Revolution escaped the control of its creators. The parliamentarians who went to war with Charles I in 1642 did not want or expect the fundamental changes that would follow seven years later: the trial and execution of the king, the abolition of the House of Lords, and the creation of the only republic in English history. There were startling and unexpected developments, too, in religion and ideas: the spread of unorthodox doctrines; the attainment of a wide measure of liberty of conscience; new thinking about the moral and intellectual bases of politics and society. God's Instruments centres on the principal instrument of radical change, Oliver Cromwell, and on the unfamiliar landscape of the decade he dominated, from the abolition of the monarchy in 1649 to the return of the Stuart dynasty in 1660. Its theme is the relationship between the beliefs or convictions of politicians and their decisions and actions. Blair Worden explores the biblical dimension of Puritan politics; the ways that a belief in the workings of divine providence affected political conduct; Cromwell's commitment to liberty of conscience and his search for godly reformation through educational reform; the constitutional premises of his rule and those of his opponents in the struggle for supremacy between parliamentary and military rule; the relationship between conceptions of civil and religious liberty. The conflicts Worden reconstructs are placed in the perspective of long-term developments, of which historians have lost sight, in ideas about parliament and about freedom. The final chapters turn to the guiding convictions of two writers at the heart of politics, John Milton and the royalist Edward Hyde, the future Earl of Clarendon. Material from previously published essays, much of it expanded and extensively revised, comes together with freshly written chapters.


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    Title
    God's Instruments
    Subtitle
    Political Conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Blair Worden
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 434
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 821 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199570492
    ISBN 10: 0199570493
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    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    16 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Blair Worden studied at Pembroke College Oxford and Harvard before becoming a Research Fellow of Pembroke College Cambridge and then Director of Studies in History at Selwyn College Cambridge. He then returned to Oxford and was Fellow and Tutor in History at St Edmund Hall from 1974 to 1995. He was Professor of History at Sussex from 1996 to 2003 and Research Professor of History at Royal Holloway College London from 2005-11. He has taught and has been Fletcher Jones Foundation Professor at the Huntingdon Library in California. He was Literary Director of the Royal Historical Society from 1986 to 1990, and British Academy Research Professor from 2000-2003.
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    The essays have been carefully revised, a new introduction glues them together, and a meticulously comprehensive index makes for easy cross referencing. Much scholarship is paraded here ... insights and pithy verdicts abound. [Worden] writes in a gently argumentative way, engaging with other historians without being brutal or belittling. R. C Richardson, Times Higher Education a coherence that sheds so much light on Cromwell's reign that it dazzles ... quite simply indispensable. Adrian Tinniswood, Literary Review The resulting volume will of course be indispensable for fellow specialists; but it also offers a fine introduction, for the general reader, to some of the best modern historical thinking on the political and mental worlds of the Cromwellian era. Noel Malcolm, Standpoint It is a collection which deserves to be and will be ... treasured, and revisited for its salutary and important wisdom. Professor Martyn Bennett, Reviews in History this is a vibrant and compelling examination of the (religiously informed and shaped) government and politics of the English republic and of its charismatic leading figure, Oliver Cromwell. Peter Gaunt, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
    Table of contents
    Introduction ; 1. Cromwell and the Sin of Achan ; 2. Providence and Politics ; 3. Toleration and the Protectorate ; 4. Politics, Piety, and Learning: Cromwellian Oxford ; 5. Cromwell and his Councillors ; 6. Cromwell and the Protectorate ; 7. Kingship and the Commonwealth ; 8. Civil and Religious Liberty ; 9. John Milton: Life and Writing ; 10. Clarendon: History, Religion, Politics