Constitutional Royalism and the Search for Settlement, c.1640-1649

Constitutional Royalism and the Search for Settlement, c.1640-1649

by David L. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521410568

ISBN-13: 9780521410564

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

'Constitutional Royalism' is one of the most familiar yet least often examined of all the political labels found in the historiography of the English Revolution. This book fills a gap by investigating the leading Constitutional Royalists who rallied to King Charles I in 1642 while consistently urging him to reach an 'accommodation' with Parliament. These Royalists'…  See more details below

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'Constitutional Royalism' is one of the most familiar yet least often examined of all the political labels found in the historiography of the English Revolution. This book fills a gap by investigating the leading Constitutional Royalists who rallied to King Charles I in 1642 while consistently urging him to reach an 'accommodation' with Parliament. These Royalists' early careers reveal that a commitment to the rule of law and a relative lack of 'godly' zeal were the characteristic predictors of Constitutional Royalism in the Civil War. Such attitudes explain why many of them criticised the policies of the King's personal rule, but also why they joined the King in 1642 and tried to achieve a negotiated settlement thereafter. The central chapters examine their role in the peace talks of the 1640s and assess why those talks broke down. The final part of the book traces the Constitutional Royalists through the Interregnum - during which they consciously withdrew from public life - to the Restoration, when many of them returned to prominence and saw their ideas vindicated. A concluding chapter reviews the long-term legacy of Constitutional Royalism and its specific contribution to the politics of the English Revolution. Throughout, the story of the Constitutional Royalists is set within the wider context of seventeenth-century English political history and thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521410564
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
A note on quotations, sources, dates and terminology
Pt. IThe Origins of Constitutional Royalism1
1Introduction: themes, debates, sources3
2Context: the early Stuarts and the early Stuart constitution16
3Early careers of the main exponents39
4Formation and convergence, 1640-164262
Pt. IIConstitutional Royalism in theory and Practice, 1642-1649107
5Chronological outline: negotiations formal and informal109
6Issues and sticking-points143
7The theory of Constitutional Royalism219
Pt. IIIConstitutional Royalism in Perspective257
8Epilogue: Constitutional Royalism from Regicide to Restoration259
9Legacy: an ideology vindicated?290
10Conclusion: assessment and evaluation318
Bibliography333
Index358

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