The Rump Parliament 1648-53 by Blair Worden

By Blair Worden

The Rump Parliament was once delivered to energy in 1648 by means of Pride's Purge and forcibly dissolved through Oliver Cromwell in 1653. This booklet is an in depth account of the intervening years. Dr Worden concentrates relatively at the Rump's guidelines within the contentious fields of criminal, non secular and electoral reform; its makes an attempt to dwell down its progressive origins, to disown its extra radical supporters, to conciliate these Puritans alienated via the purge and the King's demise, and to re-create the Roundhead celebration of the 1640s. He examines the Rump's struggles for survival within the face of the Royalist danger among 1649 and 1651, and its deadly quarrel with the Cromwellian military thereafter. A concluding bankruptcy bargains with the Rump's forcible dissolution. This novel and difficult interpretation of the main dramatic section of the English Revolution will curiosity all experts in seventeenth-century political and constitutional historical past.

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1648, p. (9); Walker, History of Independency, ii. 48-9; Underdown, Pride's Purge, pp. , 'Newcastle's Regicide: The Parliamentary Career of John Blakiston', Archaeologia Aeliana, 4th series, xliii (1964). 5 The Traitor's Perspective Glass (1662), pp. 23-4; B. S. Capp, The Fifth Monarchy Men. A Study in Seventeenth-Century English Millenarianism (1972), as indexed under Carew. J. , 21 (x 3), 23 Dec. , 29 May, 2, 14 July 1649; SP: 19/6, 19/7, 19/8, passim; 28/59, £0. 319; 28/60, fos. 70, 78; 28/269, fos.

S who had been forcibly secluded, some of whom loudly demanded readmission even after the imposition of the test. One of them contrived briefly to take his seat on the day before Charles's 1 2 C. H. , 1894), i. 209-10; N . L . W . , M S n,434B, fo. 3. Mercurius Elencticus 5-12 Dec. 1648, p. 33; W . Prynne, A Full Declaration of the true State of the Secluded Members Case (1660), p. 18; W . Ashhurst, Reasons against Agreement with . . The Agreement of The People (1648); Underdown, Pride's Purge, pp.

Others, however, had distinctly unrevolutionary reasons for sitting: principally a desire to moderate the course of events by influencing them from within, a wish to preserve power in civilian rather than military hands, a sense of obligation to constituents, a relish for political activity, or the hope of financial advantage. The Rump was an uneasy coalition of interests whose members shared little beyond a willingness to sit in it. Despite its assumption of executive powers, the parliament was not in practice the same thing as the government.

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