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B) James III--V

  1. N. Macdougall James III (1982)

  2. N. Macdougall James IV (1989)

  3. T.I. Rae The Administration of the Scottish Frontier, 1513-1603 (1966)

  4. M.H.B. Sanderson Cardinal of Scotland: David Beaton, c.1494-1546 (1986)

  5. J. Wormald Lords and Men: Bonds of Manrent in Scotland, 1442-1603 (1985)

  6. J. Wormald .Bloodfeud, kindred and government in early modern Scotland. PP 87 (1980)


C) Mary & James VI

a. Politics

    1. K.M.Brown Bloodfeud in Scotland, 1573-1625 (1986)

    2. Jane E.A. Dawson. The politics of Religion in the Age of Mary, Queen of Scots: The Earl of Argyll and the struggle for Britain and Ireland (Cambridge, 2002)

    3. G. Donaldson All the Queen.s Men (1983)

    4. G.Donaldson .The legal profession in Scottish Society in the 16th & 17th centuries. Juridical Review, n.s.21 (1976)

    5. Julian Goodare .Parliamentary taxation in Scotland, 1560-1603. SHR 68 (1989)

    6. John Guy, My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots (2005)

    7. M.Lee Jr, James Stewart, Earl of Moray (1953)

    8. M. Lee Jr John Maitland of Thirlstane & the Foundation of the Stewart Despotism in Scotland (1959)

    9. M. Lynch (ed) Mary Stewart: Queen in Three Kingdoms (1988)

    10. M. Lynch .Queen Mary.s Triumph: the baptismal celebrations at Stirling in December 1566. SHR 69 (1990)

    11. A.E. MacRobert. Mary Queen of Scots and the Casket Letters. (I.B. Tauris, 2002)

    12. M.H. Merriman .”The assured Scots:Scottish collaborators with England during the Rough Wooing.” SHR 47 (1968)

    13. MH Merriman, Mary Queen of Scots: The Rough Wooing (2001)

    14. Pamela Ritchie. Mary of Guise in Scotland (Tuckwell, 2002)

    15. Kristen P. Walton. Catholic Queen, Protestant Patriarchy: Mary Queen of Scots and the Politics of Gender and Religion (2007)

    16. Retha Warnicke, Mary Queen of Scots (2006)

    17. J.Wormald Mary Queen of Scots: a study in Failure (1987)


b. Religion

    1. F.D.Bargett Scotland Reformed: the Reformation in Angus & the Mearns (1989)

    2. I.B. Cowan The Scottish Reformation (1982)

    3. G. Donaldson The Scottish Reformation (1960)

    4. G. Donaldson Scottish Church History (1985)

    5. J. Kirk Patterns of Reform: Continuity & Change in the Reformation Kirk (1989)

    6. M. Lee Jr .James VI & the revival of episcopacy in Scotland, 1596-1600. Church History 43 (1974)

    7. M. Lynch Edinburgh & the Reformation (1981)

    8. N. Macdougall (ed) Church, Politics & Society (1983)

    9. A McLaren, “Gender, Religion and Early Modern Nationalism…” in AHR, 107 iii (June 2002) 739

    10. D. McRoberts (ed) Essays on the Scottish Reformation (1962)

    11. G. Marshall Presbyteries & Profits: Calvinism & the development of capitalism in Scotland, 1569-1707 (1980)

    12. R.A. Mason ..Usable Pasts.: history & identity in Reformation Scotland. SHR 76 (1977)

    13. R.A. Mason (ed.), John Knox and the British Reformations (1998)

    14. D.G. Mullan Episcopacy in Scotland: the history of an idea, 1560-1638 (1986)

    15. D. Shaw The General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland (1964)

  1. Women’s Rule

    1. Susan Doran, Monarch and Matrimony (1996)

    2. Constance Jordan, “Women’s Rule in Sixteenth-Century British Political Thought, Renaissance Quarterly, 40, no.3 (1987)

    3. Joan Kelly, “Early Feminist Theory and the Querelle des Femmes, 1400-1789,” in Women, History and Theory (1984) – [general, but a good intro]

    4. John Knox, The First Blast of the Trumpet…(1558) [primary]

    5. Carole Levin, Heart and Stomach of a King (1994)

    6. Carole Levin, et al, High and Mighty Queens of Early Modern England (2003)

    7. A.N. McLaren, Political Culture in the Age of Elizabeth (2000)

    8. Natalie Mears, Queenship and Political Discourse in the Elizabethan Realms (2005)

    9. Maureen Meikle, “John Knox and Womankind: A Reappraisal” in Historian (December 2003)

    10. Carole Pateman, The Sexual Contract (1988) [general, but good intro]

    11. Judith Richards, “’To Promote a woman to beare rule’ Talking of Queens in Mid-Tudor England” Sixteenth Century Journal (1997)

    12. PL Scalingi, “The Sceptre or the Distaff: the Question of Female Sovereignty, 1516-1607” in The Historian (1978)

    13. Margaret Sommerville, Sex and Subjection: Attitudes to Women in Early Modern Society (1995)

    14. KP Walton, Catholic Queen, Protestant Patriarchy: Mary, Queen of Scots and the Politics of Gender and Religion (2007)

V: The Reign of Elizabeth I

A) Questions

  1. “The idea of a ‘growth of opposition’ in the Tudor parliaments is grossly misconceived.” Discuss

  2. What were the strengths and weaknesses of Elizabethan government?

  3. What were the aims and achievements of the Elizabethan puritans?

  4. How was the question of succession an important issue in Elizabeth’s reign?

  5. Elizabeth’s policy of “via media” help to ensure her successful reign. Discuss

  6. Elizabeth’s title of Gloriana works better in hindsight than to the English who lived during the 16th century. Discuss. (note the cultural flowering in this question)

B) Politics

  1. S.L. Adams .Favourites and Factions at the Elizabethan Court., in R.Asch & A.Birke (eds), Princes, Patronage and Nobility (19

  2. S. Alford The Early Elizabethan Polity (1998)

  3. 3. J.D. Alsop .Reinterpreting the Elizabethan House of Commons: the Parliamentary Session of 1566., JBS 29 (1990)

  4. 4. I. Archer .The London Lobbies in the Later C16th. HJ 31 (1988)

  5. 5. I. Archer The Pursuit of Stability: Social Relations in Elizabethan London (1991)

  6. 6. B. Bradshaw The Irish Constitutional Revolution of the C16th (1979)

  7. 7. P. Collinson .Puritans, Men of Business and Elizabethan Parliaments. and .The Monarchical Republic of Elizabeth I. in his Elizabethan Studies (1994)

  8. 8 J. Crawford Anglicizing the Government of Ireland: the Irish Privy Council & the Expansion of Tudor Rule, 1556-1578 (1993)

  9. 9. J. Dawson .William Cecil & the British dimension of early Elizabethan foreign policy. History 74 (1989)

  10. 10. D.M. Dean Law-making & society in late Elizabethan England (1996)

  11. 11. D.M. Dean & N.L. Jones (eds) The Parliaments of Elizabethan England (1990)

  12. 12. S. Doran Monarchy & Matrimony: the Courtships of Elizabeth I (1996)

  13. 13. S. Ellis .Crown, Community & Government in the English Territories., History 71 (1988)

  14. 14. G.R. Elton The Parliament of England, 1559-1581 (1986)

  15. 15. S. Frye Elizabeth I: the Competition for Representation (1993)

  16. 16. M.A.R. Graves .The Management of the Elizabethan House of Commons. Parliamentary History (1983)

  17. 17. J. Guy (ed.) The Reign of Elizabeth I: Court & Culture in the last decade (1995)

  18. 18. H. Hackett Virgin Mother, Maiden Queen (1995)

  19. 19. C. Haigh Elizabeth I (1988)

  20. 20. C. Haigh (ed.) The Reign of Elizabeth I (1984)

  21. 21. P. Hammer The Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics: the Political Career of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (1999)

  22. 22. T.E. Hartley Elizabeth.s Parliaments: Queen, Lords and Commons 1559-1603 (1992)

  23. 23. A. Hassell-Smith County and Court: Government and Politics in Norfolk 1558-1602 (1972)

  24. 24. R.W. Hoyle (ed.) The Estates of the English Crown, 1558-1640 (1992)

  25. 25. M. James 'The Concept of Order and the Northern Rising, 1569' in his Society [see II A 26 above]

  26. 26. M. James .At the Crossroads of a Political Culture: the Essex Revolt of 1601. in his Society [see II A 27 above]

  27. Carole Levin, ed. Elizabeth I: Always Her Own Free Woman (ashgate 2003)

  28. Carole Levin. The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power (1994)

  29. 27. M. Levine Tudor Dynastic Problems, 1470-1571 (1973)

  30. 28. D.M. Loades The Tudor Court (1986)

  31. 29. W. MacCaffrey Elizabeth I (1993)

  32. 30. W. MacCaffrey The Shaping of the Elizabethan Regime (1969)

  33. 31. W. MacCaffrey 'Place & Patronage in Elizabethan Politics' in S.Bindoff & J.Hurstfield (eds) Elizabethan Government and Society (1960)

  34. A.N.McLaren Political Culture in the Reign of Elizabeth I: Queen and Commonwealth 1558-1585 (1999)

  35. Natalie Mears, Queenship and Political Discourse in the Elizabethan Realms (2005)

  36. Louis Montrose, The Subject of Elizabeth: Authority, Gender, and Representation (2006)

  37. 33. H.Morgan Tyrone.s Rebellion: the Outbreak of the Nine Years War in Tudor Ireland (1993)

  38. 34. J.E. Neale The Elizabethan House of Commons (1963)

  39. 35. A.G.R. Smith The Government of Elizabethan England (1967)

  40. 36. A. Wall .Patterns of Politics in England, HJ 31 (1988)

  41. 37. R.B. Wernham Before the Armada: the Growth of English Foreign Policy 1485-1588 (1966)

  42. 38. R.B. Wernham The Making of Elizabethan Foreign Policy (1980)

  43. 39. R.B. Wernham After the Armada: Elizabethan England and the Struggle for Western Europe, 1588-1595 (1984)

  44. 40. R.B. Wernham The Return of the Armadas (1994)

C: Religion

1. J. Bossy The English Catholic Community: 1560-1830 (1975)

2. K. Bottigheimer.The Failure of the Reformation in Ireland, a Question Bien

Posee. JEH 36 (1985)



  1. K. Bottigheimer & U. Lotz-Heuyymann .The Irish Reformation in European Perspective.,Archiv fur Reformationsgeschichte 89 (1898)

  2. N. Canny .Why the Reformation failed in Ireland, the Question Mal Posee., JEH 30 (1979)

  3. P. Collinson The Religion of Protestants: 1558-1625 (1983)

  4. P. Collinson English Puritanism (Hist. Assoc. 1983)

  5. P. Collinson The Elizabethan Puritan Movement (1967)

  6. P. Collinson The Birthpangs of Protestant England (1988)

  7. P. Collinson Godly People (1983)

  8. P. Collinson & J. Craig (eds) The Reformation in English Towns (1998)

  9. A. Dures English Catholicism: 1558-1642 (1983)

  10. C. Durston & J. Eales (eds) The Culture of English Puritanism, 1560-1700 (1996)

  11. K.Firth The Apocalpytic Tradition in Reformation Britain: 1530-1649 (1979)

  12. A.Ford .The Protestant Reformation in Ireland. in C.Brady & R.Gillespie (eds) Natives and Newcomers: essays on the Making of Irish Colonial Society 1534-1641 (1986)

  13. E.Gilliam & W.Tighe .To .Run with Time.: Archbishop Whitgift, the Lambeth Articles & the Politics of Theological Ambiguity in Late Elizabethan England.,16th Century Journal 23 (1992)

  14. C. Haigh .The Continuity of Catholicism in the English Reformation. PP 93 (1981)

  15. C. Haigh 'Monopoly to Minority: Catholicism in Early Modern England' TRHS 5th ser. 31 (1981)

  16. C. Haigh .Revisionism, the Reformation and the History of English Catholicism. JEH 35 (1984)

  17. C. Haigh .The Taming of the Reformation: Preachers, Pastors and Parishioners in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England., History 85 (2000)

  18. W. Haugaard Elizabeth and the English Reformation (1968)

  19. C.Hill Economic Problems of the Church from Archbishop Whitgift to the Long Parliament (1956)

  20. E.K. Hudson .The Catholic Challenge to Puritan Piety, 1580-1620., Catholic Historical Review 77 (1991)

  21. W.S. Hudson The Cambridge Connection & the Elizabethan Settlement of Religion (1980)

  22. A. McLaren, “ Gender, Religion and Early modern Nationalism,” AHR (June 2002) 739

  23. N.Jones Faith by Statute: Parliament and the Settlement of Religion in 1559 (1982)

  24. P.Lake Moderate Puritans and the Elizabethan Church (1982)

  25. P.Lake Anglicans & Puritans? Presbyterianism & English Conformist Thought from Whitgift to Hooker (1988)

  26. P.Lake .Puritan Identities., JEH 35 (1984)

  27. D.MacCulloch The Later Reformation in England: 1547-1603 (1990)

  28. D. MacCulloch Tudor Church Militant: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation (1999)

  29. P. McGrath 'Elizabethan Catholicism: a Reconsideration' JEH 35 (1984)

  30. J. Maltby Prayer Book and People in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England (1998)

  31. R.B.Manning Religion and Society in Elizabethan Sussex (1969)

  32. A.Pettegree Marian Protestantism: Six Studies (1996)

  33. H.Porter Reformation and Reaction in Tudor Cambridge (1958)

  34. M. Questier .Practical antipapistry during the reign of Elizabeth I. JBS 36 (1997)

  35. P.Seaver The Puritan Lecturerships: the Politics of Religious Dissent, 1560-1662 (1970)

  36. W.Sheils The Puritans in the Diocese of Peterborough, 1558-1611 (1979)

  37. N.Tyacke .Popular Puritan Mentality in late Elizabethan England. in P.Clark, A.Smith & N.Tyacke (eds) The English Commonwealth, 1547-1640 (1979)

  38. A.Walsham Church Papists: Catholicism, Conformity and Confessional Polemic in Early Modern England (1993)

  39. A Walsham Providence in Early Modern England (1999)



VI: Economy and Society in Early Modern Britain

    1. Questions

  1. How Revolutionary were the agricultural changes of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries?

  2. How severe were the strains placed on English society by the economic and demographic changes of the early modern period, and how did society cope with those strains

  3. What were the main changes that took place in family structure and in attitudes towards the family in early modern England?

  4. How did the reformation influence accusations of witchcraft in 16th and 17th centuries Britain

  5. Did life improve for the lower classes over the Tudor Stuart period?

  6. Why did the English people begin hunting witches in the sixteenth century and stop hunting them in the seventeenth?

  7. Should Early-modern England be characterized as deeply fractured along the lines of power and wealth?

B) General Economic, Population, and Price Rise

  1. R. Finlay Population and Metropolis: The Demography of London 1580-1650 (1981)

  2. 2. A.J.S. Gibson & T.C. Smout Prices, Food & Wages in Scotland, 1550-1780 (1994)

  3. 3. R.Gillespie The Transformation of the Irish Economy (1991)

  4. 4. R.A.Houston & I.D.Whyte (eds) Scottish Society, 1500-1800 (1989)

  5. 5. R.A.Houston The Population History of Britain and Ireland 1500-1750 (1992)

  6. 6. P.Laslett The World we Have Lost: Further Explored (1983)

  7. 7. S.G.E. Lythe The Economy of Scotland, 1550-1625 (1960)

  8. 8. R.Mitchison & P. Roebuck (eds) Economy & Society in Scotland & Ireland, 1500-1939 (1988)

  9. 9. R.Outhwaite Inflation in Tudor and Early Stuart England (2nd ed. 1982)

  10. 10. M.H.B. Sanderson Mary Stewart.s People (1987)

  11. 11. E.A.Wrigley and R.S.Schofield The Population History of England 1541-1871 (1981)

C) Agriculture, Trade and Industry

  1. K.R.Andrews Trade, Plunder and Settlement: Maritime Enterprise and the Genesis of the British Empire, 1480-1630 (1984)

  2. 2. P.Bowden The Wool Trade in Tudor and Stuart England (1962)

  3. 3. R.Davis The Rise of the English Shipping Industry (1962)

  4. 4. E.Kerridge Agrarian Problems in the Sixteenth Century and After (1967)

  5. 5. B.Supple Commercial Crisis and Change in England 1600-1642 (1959)

  6. 6. R.H.Tawney The Agrarian Problem of the Sixteenth Century (new ed. with intro., 1967)

  7. 7. J.Thirsk (ed.) Agrarian History of England and Wales: vol 4: 1500-1640 (1967)

  8. 8. “ “ vol 5: 1640-1750 (1979)

  9. 9. J.Thirsk Economic Policies and Projects (1978)

  10. 10. J.Thirsk The Rural Economy of England (1984)

  11. 11. I.D.Whyte Agriculture and Society in C17th Scotland (1979)

D) Local and Urban Studies

  1. A.L. Beier and R. Finlay (eds) London 1500-1700: the Making of a Metropolis (1986)

  2. 2. P. Borsay The English Urban Renaissance: Culture and Society in the Provincial Town 1660-1770 (1989)

  3. 3. R.A. Butlin (ed.) The Development of the Irish Town (1977)

  4. 4. P. Clark & P. Slack (eds) English Towns in Transition, 1500-1700 (1976)

  5. 5. M. James Family, Lineage and Civil Society [on Durham] (1974)

  6. 6. M. Lynch The Early Modern Town in Scotland (1987)

  7. 7. W. MacCaffrey Exeter: 1540-1640 (1958)

  8. 8. D.M. Palliser Tudor York (1979)

  9. 9. C. Phythian-Adams Desolation of a City: Coventry and the Urban Crisis of the Late Middle Ages (1979)

  10. 10. S. Rappaport Worlds within Worlds: Structures of Life in 16th Century London (1989)

  11. 11. M. Spufford Contrasting Communities [Cambridgeshire villages] (1974)

  12. 12. M.H.B. Sanderson Scottish Rural Society in the 16th century (1982)

  13. 13. K. Wrightson and M. Levine Poverty and Piety in an English Village [Terling in Essex] (2nd ed. 1995)

E) Family, Status and Social Structure

  1. S. Amussen An Ordered Society: Gender and Class in Early Modern England (1988)

  2. 2. S. Amussen .Gender, Family & the Social Order, 1560-1725. in VI D 7 below.

  3. 3. J.Barry & C.Brooks (eds) The Middling Sort of People (1994)

  4. 4. M. Chaytor 'Household and Kinship in Ryton in the late C16th and early C17th' History Workshop (1980)

  5. 5. D. Cressy 'Describing the Social Order of Elizabethan and Stuart England' Literature and History 3(1976)

  6. 6. A. Fletcher Gender, Sex and Subordination in Early Modern England (1995)

  7. 7. A. Fletcher & J. Stevenson (eds) Order & Disorder in Early Modern England (1985)

  8. 8. J. Goody & J. Thirsk(eds) Family and Inheritance: Rural Society in Western Europe, 1200-1800 (1976)

  9. 9. L. Gowing Domestic Dangers: Women, Words and Sex in Early Modern London (1996)

  10. 10. P. Griffiths Youth and Authority: Formative Experiences (1996)

  11. 11. A. Haynes Sex in Elizabethan England (1997)

  12. 12. F. Heal & C. Holmes The Gentry in England and Wales: 1500-1700 (1994)

  13. 13. R. Houlbrooke The English Family: 1450-1700 (1984)

  14. 14. R.Houbrooke Death, Religion and the Family in England, 1480-1750 (1998)

  15. 15. M.Ingram Church Courts, Sex and Marriage in England 1570-1640 (1987)

  16. 16. A. Laurence Women in England 1500-1760: a social history (1994)

  17. 17. A. MacFarlane The Origins of English Individualism (1976)

  18. 18. A. MacFarlane Love and Marriage in England: 1300-1800 (1986)

  19. 19. S. Mendelson & P.Crawford Women in Early Modern England (1998)

  20. 20. R.B.Outhwaite (ed.) Marriage and Society: Studies in the Social History of Marriage (1981)

  21. 21. M.Prior(ed.) Women in English Society: 1500-1800 (1985)

  22. 22. M.Spufford .Puritanism & Social Control?. in VI D 7 above

  23. 23. L.Stone Family, Sex and Marriage in England: 1500-1800 (1977)

  24. 24. L.Stone The Crisis of the Aristocracy, 1558-1641 (1967)

  25. 25. L. Stone & J. Stone An Open Elite? England 1540-1880 (1984)

  26. 26. K.V. Thomas .Age and Authority in Early Modern England., Proc. of British Academy 62

  27. 27. A. Wall .Elizabethan Precept and Feminine Practice: the Thynne Family of Longleat. History 75 (1992)

  28. 28. K.Wrightson .The Social Order of Early Modern England. in L.Bonfield and R.B.Smith (eds) The World We Have Gained (1986)

  1. Crime, Witchcraft, and Poverty

    1. A.L.Beier Masterless Men: the Vagrancy Problem in England, 1560-1640 (1985)

    2. 2. J.S.Cockburn (ed.) Crime in England, 1550-1800 (1977)

    3. 3. M. Gaskill ..The Devil in the Shape of a Man.: witchcraft, conflict & belief in Jacobean England. HR 71 (1998)

    4. 4. M. Gaskill .Reporting Murder: Fiction in the Archives in early modern England. Social History 23 (1998)

    5. 5. A. Gregory .Witchcraft, Politics and .Good Neighbourhood. in Early Modern Rye. PP 133 (1991)

    6. 6. F. Heal Hospitality in Early Modern England (1990)

    7. 7. C. Herrup .Law and Morality in C17th England' PP 106 (1985)

    8. 8. C. Herrup The Common Peace: Participation & the Criminal Law in Early Modern England (1987)

    9. 9. C. Holmes .Popular Culture? Witches, Magistrates and Divines in Early Modern England. in S.L.Kaplan (ed.) Understanding Popular Culture (1984)

    10. 10. C. Holmes 'Women, Witches and Witnesses' PP 140(1993)

    11. 11. W.K. Jordan Philanthropy in England, 1480-1660 (1959)

    12. 12. J. Kermode & G. Walker (eds) Women, Crime and the Courts in Early Modern England (1995)

    13. 13. C. Larner Enemies of God: The Witch-Hunt in Scotland (1983)

    14. 14. C. Larner Witchcraft and Religion (1984)

    15. 15. K. Lindley Fenland Riots and the English Revolution (1982)

    16. 16. K. Lindley .Riot Prevention & Control in Early Stuart London. TRHS 5th ser. 33 (1983)

    17. 17. M. Macdonald Witchcraft and Hysteria in Elizabethan London: Edward Jordan and the Mary Glover Case (1990)

    18. 18. A. Macfarlane Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England (1970)

    19. 19. J.F. Pound Poverty and Vagrancy in Tudor England (1971)

    20. 20. J. Sharpe Crime in Early Modern England 1500-1750 (1984)

    21. 21. J. Sharpe Instruments of Darkness (1996)

    22. 22. P. Slack Poverty and Policy in Tudor and Stuart England (1988)

    23. 23. P. Slack The Impact of Plague in Tudor and Stuart England (1985)

    24. 24. P. Slack .Dearth and Social Policy in Early Modern England. Social History of Medicine 5 (1992)

    25. 25. P.Slack From Reformation to Improvement: Public Welfare in Early Modern England (1999)

    26. 26. L. Stone 'Interpersonal Violence in English Society 1300-1980' PP 101 (1983)

    27. 27. K.V. Thomas Religion and the Decline of Magic (1971)

    28. 28. D.P. Walker Unclean Spirits: Possession & Exorcism in France & England in the Late C16th & C17th (1981)

    29. Garthine Walker. Crime Gender and Social Order in Early modern England. (Cambridge, 2003)

    30. 29. J. Walter & R. Schofield (eds) Famine, Disease and the Social Order in Early Modern Society (1989)
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