The Rump Parliament was brought to power in 1648 by Pride's Purge and forcibly dissolved by Oliver Cromwell in 1653. This book is a detailed account of the intervening years. Dr Worden concentrates particularly on the Rump's policies in the contentious fields of legal, religious and electoral reform; its attempts to live down its revolutionary origins, to disown its more radical supporters, to conciliate those Puritans alienated by the purge and the King's death, and to re-create the Roundhead party of the 1640s. He examines the Rump's struggles for survival in the face of the Royalist threat between 1649 and 1651, and its fatal quarrel with the Cromwellian army thereafter. A concluding chapter deals with the Rump's forcible dissolution. This novel and challenging interpretation of the most dramatic phase of the English Revolution will interest all specialists in seventeenth-century political and constitutional history.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgements; Author's note; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. The Rump and the Rumpers: 1. Membership, attendance and allegiance; 2. The limits of revolution; 3. Moderation and conformity; 4. Soldiers and clergymen; 5. Commitment and corruption; Part II. The Rump and Reform: 6. Law reform; 7. Puritans and politicians; 8. Electoral reform; Part III. The Struggle for Survival, February 1649-September 1651: 9. Problems and policies, February 1649; 10. The pursuit of respectability, February-August 1649; 11. The nadir, September 1649-September 1650; 12. Dunbar to Worcester: the coalition under strain, September 1650-September 1651; Part IV. Parliament versus The Army, September 1651-April 1653: 13. Reform and reaction, September 1651-May 1652; 14. Conflict and confrontation, May-December 1652; 15. Dissolution and disarray, January-April 1653; Part V. The Dissolution of the Rump: 16. The army apologias; 17. Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliographical guide; Index.