A guide to T.B. Macaulay's History of England

Title Page and Contents
Chapter I.   Before the Restoration
Chapter II.  Under Charles the Second
Chapter III. State of England in 1685
Chapter IV.  James the Second
Chapter V.   The Monmouth Rebellion
A Picture of Macaulay
Notes on this Version
The Small Print

Using this guide

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The selected passages in the Guide have more to do with the interaction of religion and politics than does the text as a whole (although it is hardly possible to escape the theme). The special emphasis here is on the Quakers and other dissenting sects during the 1600s. Note, however, that Macaulay distinguishes between the political interests and experience of Puritans and Presbyterians, on one hand, and of the Quakers on the other.

Also in the menu to the left, at the bottom, are links to a modernist narrative of the same historical period, by Peter N. Williams, entitled "From Reformation to Restoration," which is served on the web by Britannia, a tour and travel guide to the British Isles.

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