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The most powerful man in England during the so-called "eleven years tyranny" from 1629-1640, William Laud was thrown from power in 1640 and executed. An esteemed scholar uncovers the social ideal that lay behind the controversial archbishop's political and religious conservatism-an ideal fatally obscured by Laud's human limitations. "A book that is, by any standards, brilliant."--"New Statesman British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper is celebrated for his works on World War II and on Elizabethan history. His distinguished ...