Tudor and Stuart England
Winter Semester 1998

Frank Luttmer
108 Classic Hall
M W F: 8-9, T R: 10-11

Course Description and Objectives

This course is an introduction to the social, political, religious, and intellectual history of England during the reigns of the Tudor and Stuart monarchs, with particular attention given to the three major upheavals of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Revolution. The format will be discussion rather than lecture. In addition to increasing your understanding of early modern England, the course is designed to deepen your appreciation of the study of history, strengthen your capacity to think critically and analytically, and improve your research and writing skills. You will be expected to analyze primary documents carefully and thoughtfully, develop and defend your own interpretations, and write a substantive research paper.


Frank Luttmer, ed., Renaissance, Reformation, and Revolution
A.G.R Smith, The Emergence of a Nation State
Lacey Baldwin Smith, Henry VIII

Joseph Williams, Style (recommended)


Final grades will be based on an evaluation of the following.

1. Two mid-term exams (15% each) and a final exam (20%)

2. A Research paper submitted in two drafts (15% for the first draft and 20% for the second)

3. Class participation and daily writing assignments (15%)


The Early Renaissance and Reformation

Jan. 7:
The Continental Influence RRR, 1-9 (Erasmus, Castiglione, Machiavelli)

Jan. 9:
English Humanists
RRR, 10-20 (Elyot)

Jan. 12:
English Humanists
RRR, 21-35 (More)

Jan. 14:
The Origins of the Reformation
Smith, 3-26; RRR, 36-38 (Fish)

Jan. 16:
Reformation, Theology, and Polemics
RRR, 39-48 (Tyndale, More)

Jan. 19:
The Reformation and Henrician England
Smith, 27-56; RRR, 49-52 (Statutes of the Henrician Reformation)

Politics, Religion, and Society, 1533-1558

Jan. 21:
Politics and Society in Henrician England
Smith, 57-64; L.B. Smith, 13-53

Jan. 23:
Henry VIII
L.B. Smith, 54-110

Jan. 26:
Henry VIII
L.B. Smith, 110-163

Jan. 28:
Henry VIII and Edward VI
L.B. Smith, 163-190; Smith, 65-77, 88-97

Jan. 30:
Mary Tudor
Smith, 78-87; RRR, 53-55 (A Short Description of Antichrist)

Feb. 2:

Elizabethan Society and Politics

Feb. 4:
The Religious Settlement and Politics
Smith, 101-125; RRR, 56-65 (Foxe)

Feb. 6:
The Elizabethan Polity and Politics
Smith, 126-145; RRR, 104-113 (d’Ewes)

Feb. 9:
Foreign Policy, War, and Crisis
Smith, 155-161, 221-224, 233-239, 246-250; RRR, 102-103 (Oration Military)

The Elizabethan Church, Puritans, and Catholics

Feb. 11:
Puritans: Church Government and Liturgy
Smith, 147-151, 240-244; RRR, 66-73 (Field and Wilcox, Barrow)

Feb. 13:
Puritans: Theology and Practical Divinity
RRR, 74-86, (Perkins, Downame)

Feb. 16:
Puritans and Anti-Puritans
RRR, 89-93, 195-198, 211-214 (Gifford, Hooker)

Feb. 18:
Smith, 151-154, 244-245; RRR, 94-101 (Parsons, Cecil)

Elizabethan and Jacobean Culture

Feb. 20:
Body, Soul, and Cosmos
Smith, 195-203; RRR, 178-194 (Hill, Valentius, Abernethy)

Mar. 2:
Music and Natural Law
Smith, 210-218; RRR, 199-210 (Hooker)

Mar. 4:
Human Nature, Civilization, and History

RRR, 215-231 (Bacon, Raleigh)

Mar. 5:

Tudor and Stuart Society

Mar. 6:
Economy and Society
Smith, 165-188; RRR, 117-125 (Smith, Mun)

Mar. 9:
Order, Rebellion, and Popular Culture; The Family
Smith, 188-201; RRR, 114-116, 126-138 (Exhortation, Robin Hood, Glass of Godly Love)

Mar. 11:

Mar. 13:
The Family; "The Question of Women"
RRR, 139-156 (Diaries, Anger, Cavendish, Astell)

Mar. 16:
Magic, Witchcraft, and the Witch Hunts
Smith, 204-209; RRR, 157-177 (Chelmsford Witches, Witches Apprehended, Scot, James I)

The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War

Mar. 18:
James I
Smith, 224-232, 251-267; RRR, 232-237 (James I)

Mar. 20:
Charles I and the Origins of the English Civil War
Smith, 268-284; RRR, 238-247 (Prynne, Laurentz, Petition of Right and His Majesty’s Declaration and Speech)

Mar. 23:
Charles I and the Origins of the English Civil War
Smith, 285-299; RRR, 247-254 (Nineteen Propositions and His Majesty’s Answer)

War, Revolution, and Political Theory

Mar. 25:
Civil War and Revolution
Smith, 303-319; RRR, 255-267 (King Charles’s Trial and Speech)

Mar. 27:
Cromwell, the Commonwealth, and the Protectorate
Smith, 320-345, 364-368; RRR, 280-286 (The Good Old Cause)

Mar. 30:
Politics and Theory: Levellers and Diggers
Smith, 346-354; RRR, 268-279 (Agreement of the People, Putney Debates, Winstanley)

Apr. 1:
Politics and Theory: Milton and Harrington

Smith, 355-363; RRR, 287-291, 303-309 (Milton, Harrington)

Apr. 3:
Politics and Theory: Hobbes
RRR, 292-302 (Hobbes)

Science, Philosophy, and Religion

Apr. 6:
The Scientific Revolution
RRR, 310-316 (Bacon, Newton)

Apr. 8:
Reason and Religion

RRR, 317-334 (Locke, Blount)

Apr. 10:
Reason and Religion
Smith, 369-374

Apr. 13-17: FINAL EXAM

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