Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 October 2011

248 Pages | 8 b/w plates

6 X 9 inches

ISBN: 9780859898560

Bookseller Code (06)

The Devil's Book

Charles I, The Book of Sports and Puritanism in Tudor and Early Stuart England

Alistair Dougall

Liverpool University Press

  • The first in-depth study of the Book of Sports to appear for more than a century
  • Argues contentiously that the Book of Sports played a key role in the outbreak of the Civil War
  • Challenges the notion that it was a mainstream principle of the English Church that the 'English Sabbath' should be completely set aside as a day of worship and prayer
  • Sheds fascinating new light on the history of disorder, conviviality and sexuality during the early modern period