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Constitutional Royalism and the Search for Settlement, c.1640-1649 : Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History (Hardcover) - David L. Smith

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

Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History (Hardcover)

Hardcover Published: 30th September 1994
ISBN: 9780521410564
Number Of Pages: 392

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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 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.

'His well-planned elegantly executed book is a pleasure to read.' The Times Literary Supplement '... a perceptive and well-argued book ... impressive ... strong in argument, rich in detail and long on perspective.' Brian Quintrell, History

List of abbreviations
A note on quotations, sources, dates and terminology
The Origins of Constitutional Royalism
Introduction: themes, debates, sources
Context: the early Stuarts and the early Stuart constitution
Early careers of the main exponents
Formation and convergence, 1640-1642
Constitutional Royalism in Theory and Practice, 1642-1649
Chronological outline: negotiations formal and informal
Issues and sticking-points
The theory of Constitutional Royalism
Constitutional Royalism in Perspective
Epilogue: Constitutional Royalism from Regicide to Restoration
Legacy: an ideology vindicated?
Conclusion: assessment and evaluation
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ISBN: 9780521410564
ISBN-10: 0521410568
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 30th September 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 15.93  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.69