This essay offers a critical reassessment of Revisionism from the perspective of a specialist on the later seventeenth century who has recently moved back to work on the early Stuart period. It addresses three broad areas—the question of ideological consensus in pre–civil war England, the nature of the early Stuart Church, and the social depth of politics. Incorporating Scotland and Ireland as well as England, it highlights how scholarship by later-Stuart historians and by those working on “history from below” exposed the limitations of Revisionism, and it points to the need to seek long-term explanations for the origins of the English civil war.


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