Book , Print in English

Time's alteration : calendar reform in early modern England

Robert Poole.
  • London : UCL Press, 1998.
  • xix, 243 pages : illustrations; 25 cm.
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Summary
  • ""Give us our eleven days!" is one of the best-known slogans of the eighteenth century and yet it is also one of the least understood. Opening with the first historical study of the near legendary English calendar riots of 1752, the author goes on to offer a wide-ranging social and cultural history of the early modern calendar from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries: the English rejection of the Gregorian calendar in 1883; the calendar and the "battle for merry England"; science, religion and the calendar in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; the impact of the 1752 calendar reform on government, fairs, calendar customs and popular politics and culture." "Time's alteration provides a succinct and accessible account of the history and problems of the Western calendar, including original studies of important but neglected works by John Dee. Isaac Newton and John Wallis. Dr. Poole's analysis of William Hogarth's famous print of the calendar rioters, An election entertainment, makes a valuable contribution to Hogarth studies while his account of the working of the 1752 calendar reform will become the standard reference point for anyone working with dates and records in the eighteenth century."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents
  • 1. "Give us our eleven days!" The English calendar riots of 1752
  • 2. Signs and seasons: time and society in early modern England
  • 3. problem of the calendar
  • 4. England and the Gregorian calendar
  • 5. John Dee and the Elizabethan calendar
  • 6. Time's distractions: the seventeenth-century calendar
  • 7. England and the protestant calendar
  • 8. construction of calendar reform, 1700-1752
  • 9. impact of calendar reform
  • 10. Old calendars and new
  • 11. Calendars and cultures
  • App. Fairs and the 1752 calendar reform.
Other information
  • Includes index.
  • Bibliography: p. 217-231.
ISBN
  • 1857286227
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: gb 98061766
  • OCLC: 40230596

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