The essays in this book deal with the wide range of Nottinghamshire people who contributed to the history and culture of this Midlands county. Nottinghamshire's aristocracy and gentry were at the centre of the nation's cultural world, as authors and playwrights themselves and as spectators and consumers of the written and performed works of some of the great names in English literature.
Professor Martyn Bennett received his Ph.D. from Loughborough University and is a member of the faculty at the Nottingham Trent University.
List of tables i; Acknowledgements iii; Preface v; Chapter 1: Introduction 1; Chapter 2: Out of Interest: Credit Networks in Early Modern; Nottinghamshire 23; Chapter 3: 'Thou art a Verie Baggadge: Female Sexuality and Crime 49; Chapter 4: 'Sorry Rogues and Sorcery' - Early Modern Witchcraft Trials in Nottinghamshire 77; Witchcraft trials in Europe 77; 'Clearly a sorry rogue' - John Darrell and an epidemic - type case 84; 'Suspected of wytchery' - endemic cases of maleficia 92; 'Resorting to sorcerers' - endemic cases involving beneficial magic 100; Conclusion 111; Chapter 5: The Literary Contexts of William Cavendish and his Family 115; Chapter 6: Nottinghamshire and the High Road to Civil War, 1625-1643 143; Chapter 7: Richard Bernard: Reluctant Separatist, Apocalyptic Enthusiast; Faithful Shepherd? 165; Chapter 8: When Women Preach and Cobblers Pray': The Religious; Experience of Nottinghamshire, 1640-1662 185; The Consolidation of 'Gathered Congregations' - 1650-1662. 201; The Presbyterians 214; The Quakers 218; Bibliography 223; Index 235.