Ideas of Civil War in Seventeenth-Century England

It would take the shock of the French Revolution for the term ‘English Revolution’ to be used to describe the mid-century upheavals.

Cromwell, Charles II and the Naseby: Ship of State

The fortunes of Oliver Cromwell and Charles II and the regard in which their successive regimes came to be held were mirrored in the fate of one of their mightiest naval vessels, as Patrick Little explains.

Turncoats and Renegadoes: Treachery and Traitors during the English Civil Wars

The practice does much to illuminate 17th-century perceptions of honour whilst the justifications employed by the turncoats themselves reveal how they sought to defend their reputations with their contemporaries or for posterity.

It Isn't About Duck Hunting: The British Origins of the Right to Arms

Who, if any, of these American analysts has found the truth? Does the story of the British right to arms offer anything of value to the modern American gun debate? The academic literature has heretofore been sparse. My two books on gun control in Great Britain both focused mainly on twentieth-century gun policy, rather than the story of the 1689 Bill of Rights and its right to arms.

How Cromwell tried to cancel Christmas

A wave of religious reform that swept across England during the English Civil War could have permanently changed the way Christmas is celebrated today.

Hot Holiday Reads!

Great reads & holiday ideas!

The Speeches and Self-Fashioning of King James VI and I to the English Parliament, 1604-1624

According to Kevin Sharpe, historians “have long cited James’s speeches to his parliaments.” While it is true that historians have cited James’s speeches, they have not actually scrutinized them.

Oliver Cromwell : Man of Force

There is no denying the fact that in many instances, Oliver Cromwell was in the right place at the most opportune time and that events often seemed to work in his favor through sheer luck, assuming that he had no hand in them.

Provincial preaching on the eve of the Civil War: some West Riding fast sermons Religion, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain: Essays in Honour of Patrick Collinson, edited by Anthony Fletcher

These were hardly words which Charles wished to hear from his loyal subjects, and the king’s displeasure was widely reported. The mayor’s speech was not the only public pronouncement in the city on that day, however, and it may be that Charles’ subsequent irritation arose more from knowledge of the other public criticism being voiced by the civic preachers.

‘The Summe of all Intelligence’: Pamphlets and Newsbooks of the English Civil War

Pamphlets evolved into newsbooks, the forerunners of newspapers. The first English newsbook was published in November 1641 and was simply a record of parliamentary proceedings

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