Exploring Russia in the Elizabethan commonwealth

Author: Felicity Stout
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1784996874
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Exploring Russia in the Elizabethan commonwealth examines English relations with Russia, from the 'strange and wonderfull discoverie' of the land in 1553 and Elizabeth I's correspondence with Ivan the Terrible, to the corrupt culture of the Muscovy Company and the political sensitivities surrounding writing on Russia. Focusing on the life and works of Giles Fletcher, the elder, ambassador to Russia in 1588, this work explores two popular subject areas of Elizabethan history: exploration, travel and trade and late Elizabethan political culture. As well as examining these two subjects as inextricably linked, this book seeks to redress the imbalance in scholarship of the 'discovery era' that has so often looked to the 'New World' of the Americas at the expense of northern sites of exploration and exploitation. By analysing the pervasive languages of commonwealth, corruption and tyranny found in both the Muscovy Company accounts and in Fletcher's writings on Russia, this monograph explores how Russia was a useful tool for Elizabethans to think with when they contemplated the nature of contemporary government, the politics of the Elizabethan commonwealth and the changing face of monarchy in the late sixteenth century. Foregrounding early modern reading practices and censorship, alongside analysis of mercantile and diplomatic documents, this work will appeal to academics and students of Elizabethan political culture and literary studies, as well as those of early modern travel and trade.

Chaplains in Early Modern England

Author: Hugh Adlington
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1526110687
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Chaplains in early modern England: Patronage, literature and religion surveys the roles and significance of chaplains between the late sixteenth and early eighteenth centuries. Chaplains, though often neglected in scholarly accounts of the early modern period, were culturally pivotal figures who made important contributions both to the public sphere and to domestic life throughout the nation. Well-educated and often well-connected, chaplains occupied an ambivalent position within early modern culture: socially subordinate to the patrons who employed them, they nonetheless frequently enjoyed high levels of spiritual, cultural and even political authority. This collection explores both the ambiguities and the opportunities involved in early modern chaplaincy, and also shows how appreciating this complex role can illuminate our understanding of early modern English religious, political and literary cultures. This remarkable volume represents a pioneering collaboration between leading early modern historians and literary scholars. Chapters by Kenneth Fincham, David Crankshaw and Mary Morrissey analyse the legal structures governing the appointment and remit of chaplains and map their roles and functions within early modern England. Case studies by Hugh Adlington, Tom Lockwood, Angus Vine, Christopher Burlinson, Erica Longfellow, William Gibson and Grant Tapsell examine individual chaplains, including discussion both of their more religiously focused activities - serving and advising their patrons, shaping church policy and theology, participating in interconfessional dialogues - and of their more literary and cultural roles, as poets, scribes and editors. This interdisciplinary volume will be of interest to academics and students working on early modern English history, religion and literature.

Keep Calm at Christmas

Author: Ebury Publishing
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448116317
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Everyone knows 'tis the season to be jolly; when you can roast chestnuts on an open fire, treetops glisten and sleigh bells ring alongside the sound of small children's laughter. However, if you don't think Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year then reach for Keep Calm at Christmas and let its soothing advice reassure you that Christmas comes but once a year. Keep Calm at Christmas follows Keep Calm for Ladies and Keep Calm for Chaps and offers many merry pearls of wisdom to help you get through the festive season; on everything from relatives to office parties, and gluttony to new year resolutions. An insighftul pocket gift for Christmas. 'What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day' Phyllis Diller 'About all you can do is dream of a white Christmas, for it seems like it always leaves most of us in the red' Anon 'Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice' Anon 'Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit' Kin Hubbard 'New Year's Day... now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual' Mark Twain

Apostasy and Jewish Identity in High Middle Ages Northern Europe

Author: Simha Goldin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0719095778
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The attitude of Jews living in the medieval Christian world to Jews who converted to Christianity or to Christians seeking to join the Jewish faith reflects the central traits that make up Jewish self-identification. The Jews saw themselves as a unique group chosen by God, who expected them to play a specific and unique role in the world. This study researches fully for the first time the various aspects of the way European Jews regarded members of their own fold in the context of lapses into another religion. It attempts to understand whether they regarded the issue of conversion with self-confidence or with suspicion, and whether their attitude was based on a clear theological position, or on issues of socialisation. The book will primarily interest students and lecturers of Jewish/Christian relations, the Middle Ages, Jews in the Medieval period, and inter-religious research.

Neuropathic Pain

Author: Cory Toth
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107470439
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Central or peripheral neuropathic pain can be caused by a wide range of injuries, infections and diseases such as: spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, herpes zoster, diabetes and cancer. Many of these pain syndromes are difficult to treat, representing a challenge for many neurologists not routinely trained in pain management. Written by an international team of experts in the field, Neuropathic Pain: Causes, Management and Understanding gives readers an in-depth understanding of the multitude of conditions causing neuropathic pain. Epidemiology, clinical diagnosis, pathophysiology, outcome measurement and the best evidence-based management of individual and general neuropathic pain conditions are also described in depth. A unique chapter, written from a patient's viewpoint, gives new insight into how chronic neuropathic pain affects the lives of those patients with the condition. This book is essential reading for all pain specialists, neurologists, psychiatrists and anesthesiologists who wish to better understand their patients' neuropathic pain.

Courtship and Constraint

Author: Diana O'Hara
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719062513
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This book is the first major study of courtship in early modern England. It blends historical and anthropological perspectives to suggest novel and exciting approaches to the making of marriage in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Aspects of English Protestantism C 1530 1700

Author: Nicholas Tyacke
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719053924
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Aspects of English Protestantism examines the reverberations of the Protestant Reformation, which contented up until the end of the 17th century. In this wide-ranging book Nicholas Tyacke looks at the history of Puritanism, from the Reformation itself, and the new marketplace of ideas that opened up, to the establishment of the freedom of worship for Protestant non-conformists in 1689. Tyacke also looks at the theology of the Restoration Church, and the relationship between religion and science.

Black Bartholomews Day

Author: David J. Appleby
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 184779680X
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Black Bartholomew's Day explores the religious, political and cultural implications of a collision of highly-charged polemic prompted by the mass ejection of Puritan ministers from the Church of England in 1662.David Appleby's book, the first in-depth study of this heated exchange, centres on the departing ministers' farewell sermons. Many of these valedictions, delivered by hundreds of dissenting preachers in the weeks before Bartholomew's Day, would be illegally printed and widely distributed, provoking a furious response from government officials, magistrates and bishops. Black Bartholomew's Day re-interprets the political significance and ostensibly moderate and marginalised Puritan clergy posed a credible threat to the restored political order. This book approaches the texts, their authors and audiences from a number of angles: investigating the preachers' need to reconcile political loyalty with religious integrity; considering nonconformist and conformist sermons in terms of performance and rhetorical content and revealing how political comment could be surreptitiously broadcast. Appleby demonstrates how the nonconformist message was affected by the process of scribal and printed circulation, discussing authorship , reception, marketing and censorship. In exploring the polemical responses to the farewell sermons, he argues that individuals within the Restoration establishment exploited the texts to pursue an anti-Puritan agenda which served to further their personal careers. Finally, an epilogue charts how the farewell sermons have been regularly repackaged over subsequent centuries.This book is aimed at readers interested in historicism, religion, nonconformity, print culture and the political potential of preaching in Restoration England.

Communities in Early Modern England

Author: Alexandra Shepard
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719054778
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This volume attempts to rediscover the richness of community in the early modern world - through bringing together a range of fascinating material on the wealth of interactions that operated in the public sphere. Divided into three parts the book looks at:the importance of place – ranging from the Parish, to communities of crime, to the place of political culture,Community and Networks – how individuals were bound into communities by religious, professional and social networksthe value of rhetoric in generating community – from the King’s English to the use of ‘public’ as a rhetorical community. Explores the many ways in which people utilised communication, space, and symbols to constitute communities in early modern England. Highly interdisciplinary - incorporating literary material, history, religion, medical, political and cultural histories together, will be of interest to specialists, students and anyone concerned with the meaning and practice of community, past and present.

Doubtful and Dangerous

Author: Susan Doran
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1847799302
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Doubtful and dangerous examines the pivotal influence of the succession question on the politics, religion and culture of the post-Armada years of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Although the earlier Elizabethan succession controversy has long commanded scholarly attention, the later period has suffered from relative obscurity. This book remedies the situation. Taking a thematic and interdisciplinary approach, individual essays demonstrate that key late Elizabethan texts - literary, political and polemical - cannot be understood without reference to the succession. The essays also reveal how the issue affected court politics, lay at the heart of religious disputes, stimulated constitutional innovation, and shaped foreign relations. By situating the topic within its historiographical and chronological contexts, the editors offer a novel account of the whole reign. Interdisciplinary in scope and spanning the crucial transition from the Tudors to the Stuarts, the book will be indispensable to scholars and students of early modern British and Irish history, literature and religion.