University of Exeter Press

Cornwall in the Age of Rebellion, 1490–1690

    • 438 Pages

    The expansion of the English state in the early modern era provoked resistance throughout Britain and Ireland, not least in Cornwall where this intrusion was challenged in a series of dramatic uprisings in the two centuries between 1490 and 1690.In this wide-ranging collection of chapters, several based on articles published previously in the series Cornish Studies, Philip Payton brings together an impressive team of international scholars, including Paul Cockerham, Bernard Deacon, D.H. Frost, Lynette Olson, Joanna Mattingly, Matthew Spriggs, and Mark Stoyle, to present a history of early modern Cornwall, focusing especially on the related issues of language, religion, identity and rebellion.


    This book brings together a number of specialist scholarly articles published previously in the series Cornish Studies, and presents them in revised form as a history of Cornwall in the early modern period, focusing especially on issues of language, identity and rebellion in the period 1490–1690.

    This powerful multidisciplinary set of essays offers a nuanced and robust interpretation of the dynamic role of Cornwall in the turbulent shaping of the Tudor and Stuart state... The collection’s level of detail, profound analysis and new insights will do much to provoke fresh debates as to the salience of the Cornish experience within British socio-economic and political development.
    Colin H. Williams, Cardiff and Cambridge University

    Cornwall in the Age of Rebellion captures the most insightful recent scholarship on the turbulent and distinctive Cornish experience of two centuries of dramatic political change, a period in which a modern Cornish identity was created. Between the covers of this important volume Trelawny lives!

    Professor Chris Williams, University College Cork
    This volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of Cornwall over a 200-year period. The chapters which have edited by an internationally-leading historian offer a fresh perspective on the age of rebellion in Cornwall. A valuable source of reference, the book significantly expands the range and depth of research in the field of Cornish Studies.
    Prof. Máiréad Nic Craith MRIA, FAcSS, Chair of Cultural Heritage & Anthropology, Heriot-Watt University

    Cornwall in the Age of Rebellion Philip Payton 

    Where Cornish was Spoken and When? A Provisional Synthesis Matthew Spriggs

    ‘a . . . concealed envy against the English’: A Note on the aftermath of the 1497 Rebellions in Cornwall Philip Payton

    Tyranny in Beunans Meriasek Lynette Olson

    The Helston Shoemakers’ Gild and a Possible Connection with the 1549 Rebellion Joanna Mattingly

    Glasney’s Parish Clergy and the Tregear Manuscript D.H. Frost

    ‘On My Grave a Marble Stone’: Early Cornish Memorialization Paul Cockerham 

    ‘Sir Richard Grenville’s Creatures’: The New Cornish Tertia. 1644–46 Mark Stoyle 

    Afterlife of an Army: The Old Cornish Regiments, 1643–44 Mark Stoyle

    William Scawen (1600–1689) – A Neglected Cornish Patriot and Father of the Cornish Language Revival Matthew Spriggs

    Who was the Duchesse of Cornwall in Nicholas Boson’s (c.1660–70) ‘The Duchesse of Cornwall’s Progresse to see the Land’s End . . .?  Matthew Spriggs

    The Recent Historiography of Early Modern Cornwall Mark Stoyle

    Propaganda and the Tudor State or Propaganda of the Tudor Historians Bernard Deacon 

    Conclusion Philip Payton

    Philip Payton is Emeritus Professor in the University of Exeter and Professor of History at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and is the former Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies in the University of Exeter. He edited Cornish Studies, published annually from 1993 to 2013, the only series of publications that seeks to investigate and understand the complex nature of Cornish identity, as well as to discuss its implications for society and governance in contemporary Cornwall.

    He has written extensively on Cornish topics, and recent books include A.L. Rowse and Cornwall: A Paradoxical Patriot (2005), Making Moonta: The Invention of Australia’s Little Cornwall (2007), John Betjeman and Cornwall: ‘The Celebrated Cornish Nationalist’ (2010), and (edited with Alston Kennerley and Helen Doe), The Maritime History of Cornwall (2014). He has recently been awarded South Australian Historian of the Year 2017 by the History Council of South Australia.

      • 438 Pages
      • 18 b&w photos, 7 maps, 4 tables, 18 Black & white photographs, 7 Maps, 4 Black & white tables