Mid-Tudor England: Years of Trauma and Survival

John Matusiak examines whether a common interpretation can survive detailed scrutiny.

The central purpose of this article is to survey and re-evaluate a claim that has been a recurring source of debate and controversy amongst historians over the last thirty years. Its echoes are still resonating today and the pendulum of argument and counter-claim continues to swing, albeit perhaps at a reduced rate and with decreasing momentum. At its peaks, the debate has been more than vigorous. Now that the dust is settling, has the furniture been re-arranged profitably? 


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