Henry Parker and the English Civil War: The Political Thought of the Public's 'Privado'

Henry Parker and the English Civil War: The Political Thought of the Public's 'Privado'

by Michael Mendle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521482275

ISBN-13: 9780521482271

Pub. Date: 08/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Henry Parker and the English civil war is the first full study in fifty years of the author of the most celebrated political tract of the early years of the English civil war, Observations upon Some of His Majesties Late Answers and Expresses. Professor Mendle situates each of Parker's significant tracts in its polemical, intellectual, and political context. He also…  See more details below

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Henry Parker and the English civil war is the first full study in fifty years of the author of the most celebrated political tract of the early years of the English civil war, Observations upon Some of His Majesties Late Answers and Expresses. Professor Mendle situates each of Parker's significant tracts in its polemical, intellectual, and political context. He also views Parker's literary work in the light of his career as privado, or intimate adviser, to leading figures of the parliamentary leadership. Parker emerges as a fierce opponent of clerical pretension from any quarter, a strikingly brutal critic of the common law mind, and a leading proponent of parliament's most uncompromising position, a claim to a species of executive power so encompassing (and so like the claims of Charles I) that it can fitly be called parliamentary absolutism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521482271
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
1The public's privado1
2The ship money case and The Case of Shipmony32
3Religio laici51
4Observations and the political theory of the emergency70
5The Observator observed90
6"Vaine Confidence in the Law": the Observator responds111
7Diverse urgent emergent considerations137
8Disputable and visible politics160
Conclusion: contrary points of war180
Appendix: The writings of Henry Parker191
Index197

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