David Cressy was born in England and educated at Cambridge, but built his career in the United States. He has taught at colleges and universities in California, Ohio, and New Mexico, and has won numerous fellowships and awards. His work is driven by curiosity about the relationships of central and local authority, elite and popular culture, official and unofficial religion, and ordinary men and women, a curiosity that ranges from kinship to book-burning, from cross-dressing to Gypsies. When not engaged in historical research he may be found exploring the deserts and beaches of the American West.
Cressy is the author of several delightful books on the social history of Tudor and Stuart England that draw on curious material buried in the archives Tony Barber, Books of the Year 2015: Best Books 2015 History, Financial Times Cressy writes evocatively, giving fluent snapshots of individual reactions to particular issues or events... illuminating aspects of what it was like for people of various sorts to live in these turbulent times. Times Literary Supplement, Michael Braddick lively new study TES Cressy's eye for vivid detail ... remains undimmed ... readable and highly engaging Journal of British Studies the sort of book written on the basis of a lifetime's exploration of the sources... t is never less than fascinating Church Times wonderful Open Letters Monthly Cressy has done sterling work showing how popular discontent magnified the restiveness of the gentry like a vast echochamber. His is the best book on the Civil War that I've read for a while. BBC History Magazine This is a rich account, brimming with details culled from a huge range of original sources Telegraph, Noel Malcolm David Cressy's lively new study ... leaves aside the elite narrative of this troubled reign and focuses instead on the beliefs, expectations, actions, and reactions of the vast majority of the King's subjects. R. C. Richardson, Times Higher Education the work is splendidly written, spiced with some telling aphorisms, which adds to its compelling readability Clive Holmes, English Historical Review A brilliantly evocative account of the life and times of Charles I, as seen primarily from the perspective of the millions of ordinary English men and women who lived under his rule. Drawing on an impressive array of archival and printed sources, Cressy is able to recreate the concerns and reactions of those usually hidden from history to provide a fresh perspective on the shortcomings of the Caroline regime and the origins of the English revolution. Tim Harris, author of Rebellion: Britain's First Stuart Kings combines archival range and fluid writing H-Net an outstanding contribution ... Highly recommended. R. Fritze, CHOICE