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The Reformation and the Towns in EnglandPolitics and Political Culture, c.1540-1640$
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Robert Tittler

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207184

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207184.001.0001

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(p.246) (p.247) 11 Introduction
The Reformation and the Towns in England

Robert Tittler

Oxford University Press

This chapter is an introduction to Part IV of this book, which deals with political culture in the post-Reformation town. Several suggestions have been offered regarding the effects of the Reformation on the essential cultural aspects of urban life. The last chapters of this book tackle the broad issue of politics and political culture. Together, they explain how civic cultural activities were employed to legitimise the prevailing distribution of power, and to what extent and how successfully such cultural activities conveyed the essential civic virtues of harmony, order, and deference without the theological underpinnings of medieval Catholicism.

Keywords:   political culture, post-Reformation, cultural activity, urban life, politics

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