Taming the Phoenix: Cirencester and The Quakers 1642-1686 - Brian HawkinsYork: William Sessions, 1998, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good.
Contains: Black & white plates; Maps; Tables; Genealogical tables;
From the cover: “The Phoenix, rising from its ashes to greet a new dawn, was adopted by the town of Cirencester as its emblem long before the outbreak of the English Civil War. As a sign of optimism and new beginnings, it must have held special significance at points of resurgence and new hope in the town’s history. One such point occurred in the year 1642 when it seemed that the nation as a whole was about to shake off the trammels of feudalism and launch itself into the modern age. This book is about the shape that phoenix took and the methods by which it was eventually tamed.
The book is essentially about people and how they lived. Using the unique opportunity of a graphic contemporary Quaker biography to transform the historical record, we enter the life-world of seventeenth century Gloucestershire, explore its priorities and understand more clearly why people behaved as they did. Its main characters are people like ourselves, bringing up children and making a living, though we do encounter some of the professionals and the gentry. There is much here for both the local and the family historian; and for the more general reader there is a good story with its excitement and humour, as well as some sadness.”