The Great Blow: Examinations and Informations relating to the Great Blow in Norwich, 1648

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This volume publishes in full for the first time the 278 informations and examinations taken in the wake of the ‘Great Blow’.  These are among the Norwich City Records collection, itself the largest archive of an early modern English provincial city.  These important testimonies constitute the largest single archival collection for the study of popular royalist insurgency in civil-war England.

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On 24th April 1648 a rioting crowd unwittingly unleashed the largest explosion in seventeenth-century England, detonating ninety-eight barrels of powder in the house rented to Norfolk’s County Committee in Norwich.  The city magistrates’ subsequently investigation ensured that the ‘mutiny’, ‘crack’ or ‘blow’ as contemporaries called it, became the best documented riot of the century.

This volume publishes in full for the first time the 278 informations and examinations taken in the wake of the ‘Great Blow’.  These are among the Norwich City Records collection, itself the largest archive of an early modern English provincial city.  These important testimonies constitute the largest single archival collection for the study of popular royalist insurgency in civil-war England.

 

This volume was supported by the Norwich Freemen’s Charity

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Additional information

series

Norfolk Record Society

volume-number

LXXXII

year-of-publication

2018

edited-by

Andrew Hopper, Emily Wilbur Alley, Jean Agnew

cover

Hardcover

language

English

isbn-13

9780995773615

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