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Worden, Blair

Works: 46 works in 202 publications in 2 languages and 6,064 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Interviews  Nonfiction films  Short films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: JN531, 328.42
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Most widely held works by Blair Worden
Literature and politics in Cromwellian England : John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Marchamont Nedham by Blair Worden( )

27 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book, by the pre-eminent historian of Cromwellian England, offers a fresh approach to the political lives of the two great poets of the Puritan Revolution, John Milton and Andrew Marvell. Blair Worden shows how differently their writing reads when its involvement in epochal events is historically reconstructed. We trace the responses of the two men to the execution of King Charles I; to the experience, unique in English history, of republican government; to the failure of that experiment; and to the rule of Oliver Cromwell, whose ascent, at the expense of king and parliament alike, inspired ambivalent sentiment in Milton and Marvell. Both authors underwent intensely felt changes of allegiance between the regicide and the Restoration. First we follow Marvell's gradual and painful transition from royalism to Cromwellianism. Then we examine Milton's entry into politics under the Commonwealth and the revisions of his perspective that followed it. We watch his difficult and disillusioning relationships with the successive regimes of the Interregnum, and view his engagement, in immortal poetry, with the collapse of Puritan rule. Our third author is Marvell's and Milton's common literary partner, and their colleague in government service at Whitehall, the political thinker and pioneering journalist Marchamont Nedham, whose writing shares and illuminates the preoccupation of the two more famous writers with the debates and dilemmas of that volatile era."--Jacket
The Rump Parliament, 1648-1653 by Blair Worden( Book )

20 editions published between 1974 and 2003 in English and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Rump Parliament was brought to power in 1648 by Pride's Purge and forcibly dissolved by Oliver Cromwell in 1653. This book is a detailed account of the intervening years. Dr Worden concentrates particularly on the Rump's policies in the contentious fields of legal, religious and electoral reform; its attempts to live down its revolutionary origins, to disown its more radical supporters, to conciliate those Puritans alienated by the purge and the King's death, and to re-create the Roundhead party of the 1640s. He examines the Rump's struggles for survival in the face of the Royalist threat between 1649 and 1651, and its fatal quarrel with the Cromwellian army thereafter. A concluding chapter deals with the Rump's forcible dissolution. This novel and challenging interpretation of the most dramatic phase of the English Revolution will interest all specialists in seventeenth-century political and constitutional history
The sound of virtue : Philip Sidney's Arcadia and Elizabethan politics by Blair Worden( Book )

10 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sound of Virtue combines, in a manner and on a scale never before attempted, the close analysis of a literary text with the scholarly reconstruction of its historical context. It transforms our understanding of Sidney's masterpiece and offers a new approach to the relationship between the history and literature of the Renaissance
History & imagination : essays in honor of H.R. Trevor-Roper by H. R Trevor-Roper( Book )

19 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stuart England( Book )

9 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No king of England had had a more secure or more enviable inheritance than that to which James VI of Scotland succeeded as James I of England on the death of his distant cousin the childless Queen Elizabeth on 24 March 1603. Over the previous century the Tudors had overcome fundamental opposition to their rule and built a durable system of government. The great barionial families which had fought the Wars of the Roses in the later fifteenth century had been tamed or extinguished, and their military followings abolished. By the end of the sixteenth century a high proporation of noble families owed their eminence not to independent bases of power in the regions where their estates lay, but to the favour of the cron, whose policies they implermented in the localities and at whose court they competed for further rewards. In areas where previously the king's writ had at times seemed scarcely to run, especially Wales and the north of England, the royal machinery of justice had first rivalled and then superseded the power of local magnates as a focus of loyalty. By the time of James I's accession the regional rebellions of 1536-69 belonged to the past. -- Introduction
God's instruments : political conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell by Blair Worden( Book )

21 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Puritan Revolution escaped the control of its creators. The parliamentarians who went to war with Charles I in 1642 did not want or expect the fundamental changes that would follow seven years later: the trial and execution of the king, the abolition of the House of Lords, and the creation of the only republic in English history. There were startling and unexpected developments, too, in religion and ideas: the spread of unorthodox doctrines; the attainment of a wide measure of liberty of conscience; new thinking about the moral and intellectual bases of politics and society. God's Instruments centres on the principal instrument of radical change, Oliver Cromwell, and on the unfamiliar landscape of the decade he dominated, from the abolition of the monarchy in 1649 to the return of the Stuart dynasty in 1660"--Jacket
Soldiers, writers, and statesmen of the English Revolution by I. J Gentles( Book )

11 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays examines the struggles of the people of England with the collapse of civilization as they knew it. As the country fell into civil war and near anarchy, the people sought out in word and action how to preserve what could still be preserved or to create new political, religious and social certainties. The authors discuss individuals or groups who were soldiers, writers or statesmen of the Civil Wars or the Interregnum, people who were at the centre of power or in more humble and localized circumstances. All of the authors take their inspiration from the work of Austin Woolrych, whose own books and articles focus on these very questions. This volume is published in his honour
The English Civil Wars, 1640-1660 by Blair Worden( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nothing in English history has so imprinted itself on the nation's history as the upheavals of the mid-seventeenth century. And nothing has so divided posterity. This short book provides a crisp and lucid narrative of the complicated events of 1640 to 1660 - not just the war between King and Parliament of 1642-6 but the second civil war, the execution of King Charles 1, the rule of Cromwell and finally the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. But it also aims at something more elusive: to get behind the concerns and preoccupations of later generations and explain what contemporaries on both sides thought they were fighting for and against." "This account stresses the unpredictability not only of the military outcomes but also of the longer-term results."--Jacket
Roundhead reputations : the English civil wars and the passions of posterity by Blair Worden( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The scars of England's Civil Wars have never healed. In Roundhead Reputations Blair Worden shows how, over 350 years, the memory of the conflict has been a battlefield of its own." "In every age, writers and readers have seen their own reflections in the conflict and have used images of Puritan rule to sanction programmes for the present. The 'Cavalier' allegiance has been inherited by successive generations of Tories and Anglicans, the 'Roundhead' one by their opponents. Contending against each other, the two traditions have also divided within themselves." "Roundhead Reputations tells the Parliamentarian side of the story. It explains how radical Whigs in the late seventeenth and the eighteenth century, combative Liberals and Nonconformists in the nineteenth, and Marxists in the twentieth struggled against more establishment-minded Roundhead sympathizers for interpretative supremacy."--BOOK JACKET
Hugh Trevor-Roper : the historian by Blair Worden( Book )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than any other historian of his generation, Hugh Trevor-Roper (1914-2003) remains a vitalizing intellectual presence in Britain and beyond. Convinced of the historian's duty to inform and stimulate the public mind, he traversed the boundaries of professional specialization in search of broad conclusions, drawn from reflection on problems across time and space, that would bring a historical dimension to contemporary thought and debate. These essays, whose authors include some of the most distinguished historians of their own generation, supply the first extensive assessment of the development and content of his historical philosophy and of tachievementsnts and significance of his writing. Drawing on his rich private archive, with its voluminous drafts and revealing correspondence, the essays address a wide range of his subject-matter, as well as exploring recurrent features of his work: his belief in controversy, his espousal of unconventional opinions, his literary sensibility, and his exhilarating prose. There is particular attention to the two historical areas on which he wrote most: the era, British and Europeafrom thethe Renaissance, through the wars of religion, to the Enlightenment; and the Second World War, which, after his own career in wartime intelligence, produced his most famous book, The Last Days of Hitler. The essays illuminate not only Trevor-Roper's own career but the preoccupations and values of a generation shaped by the struggle against Hitler and then by the Cold War, experiences now sufficiently distant to be brought into historical focus
John Milton : life, writing, reputation( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays lead the reader into the political and intellectual worlds within which John Milton wrote his verse and prose, and into the later worlds within which his reputation evolved and fluctuated. The illuminating and entertaining range of perspectives will appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike
The Rump Parliament 1648-53 by Blair Worden( )

3 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1640-1660 by Blair Worden( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brilliant appraisal of the Civil War and after, by an acclaimed historian
The excellencie of a free-state : or, The right constitution of a commonwealth by Marchamont Nedham( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Until 1649, English political thought had assumed the ancient constitution of King, Lords, and Commons. Nedham advised the English to build afresh and to look for guidance to the political practices and values of republican Rome and other commonwealths of classical antiquity. In his eyes the regime established in 1649 was an oligarchy that prolonged many of the evils of kingly rule. Inspired by the reasoning and the argumentative methods of Machiavelli, Nedham urged his countrymen to create the popular and accountable rule of "a real republic."
A voyce from the watch tower. Part five: 1660-1662 by Edmund Ludlow( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lord Dacre, Hugh Trevor-Roper : interviewed by Blair Worden by H. R Trevor-Roper( Visual )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian Trevor-Roper talks about his intellectual background, his career and his ideas
The print in Stuart Britain by Blair Worden( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rechnergestützte Administration von heterogenen Netzen : eine Anforderungsanalyse by Volker Bohn( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Rump Parliament, 1648-1653 by Blair Worden( Recording )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hugh Trevor-Roper( Visual )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian Trevor-Roper talks about his intellectual background, career and ideas
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The sound of virtue : Philip Sidney's Arcadia and Elizabethan politics
The Rump Parliament, 1648-1653The sound of virtue : Philip Sidney's Arcadia and Elizabethan politicsSoldiers, writers, and statesmen of the English RevolutionThe English Civil Wars, 1640-1660Roundhead reputations : the English civil wars and the passions of posterityJohn Milton : life, writing, reputation1640-1660The excellencie of a free-state : or, The right constitution of a commonwealthA voyce from the watch tower. Part five: 1660-1662
Alternative Names
Blair Worden British historian

Blair Worden historiador británico

Worden, B.

Worden, Blair 1945-

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