By Robert G. Ingram
The eighteenth century has lengthy divided serious opinion. a few contend that it witnessed the delivery of the trendy global, whereas others counter that England remained an ancien regime confessional country. This booklet takes factor with either positions, arguing that the previous overstate the novelty of the age and principally misdiagnose the motives of swap, whereas the latter rightly aspect to the endurance of extra conventional modes of notion and behavior, yet downplay the era's basic uncertainty and misplace the explanations for and the timeline of its passage. the overpowering catalyst for swap is the following visible to be conflict, instead of long term social and fiscal adjustments. Archbishop Thomas Secker (1693-1768), the Cranmer or Laud of his age, and the hitherto missed church reforms he spearheaded, shape the actual concentration of the e-book; this is often the 1st complete archivally-based examine of an important yet often neglected determine.
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