Radical Parliamentarians and the English Civil War

ISBN : 9780199541911

David R. Como
480 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jul 2018
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Radical Parliamentarians and the English Civil War charts the way the English civil war of the 1640s mutated into a revolution (paving the way for the later execution of King Charles I and the abolition of the monarchy). By focusing on the most extreme supporters of parliament in its war against the king, the book tells the story of how new religious and political ideas erupted amidst the chaos and drama of civil conflict. In the process, the study illuminates the origins of assumptions and practices we today associate with western representative democracy - ideas such as religious toleration, freedom of the press, and freedom from arbitrary imprisonment. The book also chronicles the way that the civil war shattered English protestantism, leaving in its wake myriad competing groupings, including congregationalists, baptists, and antinomians, offering a new account of some of the most important and pivotal events in England's history.


Part I: From Personal Rule to Political Crisis, 1635-1642
1 Free born Subjects: Puritanism, Politics, and Print in the Personal Rule
2 Secret Printing and the Crisis of 1640: The Margery Mar-Prelate Press and Print in the Time of Parliament
3 The Rubble of Episcopacy: Parliament, Religious Mobilization, and the Generall Liberty of the Press, 1641
4 Extremities, Not Fit to be Named: Crowds, Print, and Constitutional Improvisation
Part II: Civil War, 1642-1643
5 Lawless Tyranny and Destructive Accommodation: War and the Transformation of Politics, 1642-1643
6 Defining the Cause: The London Remonstrance, the General Rising, and Military Crisis
7 So Full of Novelties: the Sectarian Slurry, Redistributionism, and the Licensing Ordinance
Part III: War and Religion, 1643-1644
8 The Rise of Religious Conflict in the Parliamentarian Coalition
9 Print House, Petitions, and Provinces: Religious Politics, Toleration, and the Making of an Independent Coalition
10 The House of Stuart, the House of Lords, and the Politics of Independency: Ideological Escalation in 1644
Part IV: Fragmentation and Victory, 1644-1645
11 Rumor Wars: Underground Print and the Coming of the New Model Army
12 Supremacy in the Commons: Partisan Politics, Political Innovation, and the Rise of Lilburne
13 White King, Black Cassock: Monarchy, Presbytery, and the Radical Propaganda Collective
Part V: Paths to Revolution
14 Internal Revolutions: Private Meditations and Radical Parliamentarianism, 1642-1646
15 The Seeking Way: Forms of Religion and the Coming of the English Revolution
16 The Last Warning

About the author: 

David R. Como is Associate Professor of History at Stanford University. A member of the North American Conference on British Studies, as well as the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, he has also previously taught at both the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland.

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