Radical Parliamentarians and the English Civil War

Radical Parliamentarians and the English Civil War

by David R. Como




Radical Parliamentarians and the English Civil War charts the way the English civil war of the 1640s mutated into a revolution, in turn paving the way for the later execution of King Charles I and the abolition of the monarchy. Focusing on parliament's most militant supporters, David Como reconstructs the origins and nature of the most radical forms of political and religious agitation that erupted during the war, tracing the process by which these forms gradually spread and gained broader acceptance. Drawing on a wide range of manuscript and print sources, the study situates these developments within a revised narrative of the period, revealing the emergence of new practices and structures for the conduct of politics. In the process, the book illuminates the eruption of many of the period's strikingly novel intellectual currents, including assumptions and practices we today associate with western representative democracy; notions of retained natural rights, religious toleration, freedom of the press, and freedom from arbitrary imprisonment.

The study also chronicles the way that civil war shattered English protestantism—leaving behind myriad competing groupings, including congregationalists, baptists, antinomians, and others—while examining the relationship between this religious fragmentation and political change. It traces the gradual appearance of openly anti-monarchical, republican sentiment among parliament's supporters. Radical Parliamentarians and the English Civil War provides a new history of the English civil war, enhancing our understanding of the dramatic events of the 1640s, and shedding light on the long-term political and religious consequences of the conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199541911
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/19/2018
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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.

Table of Contents

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

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