The Devil's Book
Charles I, The Book of Sports and Puritanism in Tudor and Early Stuart England
Alistair Dougall taught for four years at Southampton University before joining the Godolphin School in Salisbury, where he is Head of Sixth Form and teaches History, specialising in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English and European History.
Introduction Chronology Glossary ‘Vain, stupid, profane games.’ Medieval attitudes to the playing of sports on the Sabbath and other holy days The Impact of the Break with Rome The Reign of Elizabeth I and the battle over the Lord’s Day James I’s ‘dancing book’ and the politicisation of ‘Saint Sabbath’ Book of Sports - and the reign of Charles I: From a ‘pious Statue’ to ‘bloody civil war’ Enforcement and Reaction: choosing between the ‘Commandments of God and Man’ Conclusion Appendix: The text of the 1633 - Book of Sports Notes and references Bibliography Index
Well-researched, cogent, extremely readable and likely to become the standard work upon its subject.
The book offers a thorough and cogent story of the development of English sabbatarianism, and students seeking to understand the complex political, religious and cultural history of these years will appreciate the admirable blend of subtlety and clarity that Dougall achieves.
Mark Hailwood The Journal of Rural History, Volume 23/2
The scope of Dougall’s investigation will allow historians of Caroline culture and the English Civil Wars to see local, polemicized battles over the Lord’s Day in a longer perspective. More generally, this highly readable book is a case study in how religious, social, and political motivations intertwine.
Sylvia Brown Renaissance Quarterly, Volume 65, No 3, Fall
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: July 22, 2011