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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read on early modern England
This is a well researched, thoughtful analysis on lower order disorder and its implications for the political developments in England. It raises interesting and fresh perspectives on the value and credence to be put on riots and rebellions. The overview given of the legal system and the historiography of the subject is also very useful.
Published on 3 May 2012 by Nabs

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Very badly written. Couldn't fathom what this sentence is supposed to mean: ' In particular where lords or wealthier villagers tried to limit common rights or to divide commons with enclosing stone walls, hedges or fences, notions of custom, law and common right which became hotly contested ( p88).

This book is not for you if , like JohnTosh, you believe that...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 4 July 2014
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This review is from: Riot, Rebellion and Popular Politics in Early Modern England (Social History in Perspective) (Paperback)
Very badly written. Couldn't fathom what this sentence is supposed to mean: ' In particular where lords or wealthier villagers tried to limit common rights or to divide commons with enclosing stone walls, hedges or fences, notions of custom, law and common right which became hotly contested ( p88).

This book is not for you if , like JohnTosh, you believe that there is a difference between 'disinterested' and 'uninterested'. On the first page of the introduction Wood confuses 'sanguine' with 'sanguinary' and continues his assault on the English language on every page. He seems to think that ironically and parodoxically, ostentatious and conspicuous are synonyms.A foe of conciseness,he is fond of superfluous adjectives, eg recurrent theme, chronological phases. Never uses a simple word where a more pretentious one can be employed, eg commencement instead of beginning, caveat instead of condition.Lots of repetition. Has a very uneasy relationship with prepositions and refuses to recognise the difference between 'on to' and onto. Problem is exacerbated by poor proof-reading, eg 'complaint tenants' instead of 'compliant'.

There is useful synthesis and analysis here but the author lacks the powers of expression and organisation to produce a readable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read on early modern England, 3 May 2012
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This is a well researched, thoughtful analysis on lower order disorder and its implications for the political developments in England. It raises interesting and fresh perspectives on the value and credence to be put on riots and rebellions. The overview given of the legal system and the historiography of the subject is also very useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful, 15 July 2012
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A great little book, full of interesting accounts of the forms that riot and rebellion could take during the period in question. I used it a great deal while studying the topic at university.
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