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The Devil's Book: Charles I, The Book of Sports and Puritanism in Tudor and Early Stuart England

Alistair Dougall


This book takes a fresh look at the controversy surrounding the publication of the Book of Sports, the royal declaration which James I and Charles I used to sanction recreations on Sundays. The book explores the cultural battle involving the elites and ordinary people of pre-civil war England, which were caused by the sharp and dangerous tensions between those who wanted to enforce a strict form of Sunday observance and those who enjoyed and championed traditional sports and festivities. The book demonstrates how a new, rigid form of sabbatarianism developed during the late sixteenth and early ... More

Keywords: Book of Sports, Puritanism, Sabbatarianism, Charles I, James I, religion, festivity, disorder, Civil War, cultural

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780859898560
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859898560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alistair Dougall, author