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Continuing civil war by other means: royalist mockery of the interregnum church

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Continuing civil war by other means : royalist mockery of the interregnum church. / McCall, Fiona Mary.

The power of laughter and satire in early modern Britain c.1520-1820: contestation and construction. ed. / Mark Knights; Adam Morton. Boydell and Brewer Ltd, 2017.

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Harvard

McCall, FM 2017, Continuing civil war by other means: royalist mockery of the interregnum church. in M Knights & A Morton (eds), The power of laughter and satire in early modern Britain c.1520-1820: contestation and construction. Boydell and Brewer Ltd. <https://boydellandbrewer.com/the-power-of-laughter-and-satire-in-early-modern-britain-hb.html>

APA

McCall, F. M. (2017). Continuing civil war by other means: royalist mockery of the interregnum church. In M. Knights, & A. Morton (Eds.), The power of laughter and satire in early modern Britain c.1520-1820: contestation and construction Boydell and Brewer Ltd. https://boydellandbrewer.com/the-power-of-laughter-and-satire-in-early-modern-britain-hb.html

Vancouver

McCall FM. Continuing civil war by other means: royalist mockery of the interregnum church. In Knights M, Morton A, editors, The power of laughter and satire in early modern Britain c.1520-1820: contestation and construction. Boydell and Brewer Ltd. 2017

Author

McCall, Fiona Mary. / Continuing civil war by other means : royalist mockery of the interregnum church. The power of laughter and satire in early modern Britain c.1520-1820: contestation and construction. editor / Mark Knights ; Adam Morton. Boydell and Brewer Ltd, 2017.

Bibtex

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