Press Release: The World Turned Upside Down

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Radical Ideas during the English Revolution
Christopher Hill

Foreword by Bernard Capp

‘Immensely rich and exciting … Christopher Hill has that supreme gift of being able to show us the seventeenth-century world from the inside’

The World Turned Upside Down is a comprehensive account of the social and religious upheaval caused by the English Civil War in the 1640s and 1650s. Much of the old order had been swept away or transformed, and into this volatile atmosphere of change came various radical groups looking to remake their country.


Title page to The World turn’d upside down, 1647 (© The British Library Board)

In this fascinating book, published in series with the best-selling Folio edition of God’s Englishman, Hill looks not at the revolution that happened, but at the remarkable revolution that could have been. He examines the beliefs and methods of various revolutionary groups, from the Ranters, who rejected obedience and believed that God was within everyone, to the Diggers, who called for a communal ownership of land, establishing a settlement called George Hill in Surrey. Together these groups represented a significant challenge to the dominant ideology and the institutions upholding it. As acclaimed historian Bernard Capp writes in his foreword, Hill encourages the reader to be ‘moved by their passionate idealism, their courage in challenging almost every traditional assumption’.

This edition, the first to be illustrated, contains 24 pages of colour and black & white images, many featuring pieces from revolutionary pamphlets, including the front page of the tract that inspired the title of this book, depicting an England where all the rules have been broken: a horse pushes a cart, fish fly through the sky and a man wears his boots on his hands.

Product information

Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Baskerville. 464 pages. Frontispiece and 24 pages of
colour and black & white images. 9½” x 6¼”.

UK £39.95 US $64.95 Can $84.95 Aus $84.95


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