The Reformation Pump

England is no longer at war but nor is she at peace. The Industrial Revolution and land enclosures are driving the people from the countryside and into the towns in search of work. Religious dissent is all around and with poor harvests and low wages, the loss of the American colonies and the Revolution in France only fuel the fires of home discontent and encourage calls for Reform. Pamphleteers push their agendas, books are published claiming the right of self determination. Laws are passed against dissenters and anti-government expression. Journalists and writers are arrested, as from the pulpits, in assembly rooms, ale houses and on the streets, debate and argument rages. And neighbour says unto neighbour, ‘If you are not with us then you are against us and whomsoever speaks for the other side is a traitor and must suffer the consequences of their deceit.’ The Nottingham Stockingers petition Parliament for a living wage and when it is rejected, rioting breaks out. Michael Simpson, junior apprentice in Bolton’s frameshop is encouraged to join in, little knowing that the events of that night and the continuing escalation of trouble will open his eyes to the harsh realities around him and expose the lies and hypocrisy of those he was brought up to trust. Across the town the battle lines are drawn and Michael must choose. Conscience or Career? Change or Stability? True Blues or Yellow Lambs? Religious freedom or the Established Church? The King or the People? The choices are many, but will his choice be the right one?
ISBN: 9781839456008
Type: Paperback
Pages: 356
Published: 1 December 2020
Price: $12.95

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