The Long Parliament of Charles II
By (author) Annabel Patterson
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Long Parliament of Charles II by Annabel Patterson
Book DescriptionCharles II's first and most important parliament sat for eighteen years without a general election, earning itself the sobriquet "Long." In 1661 this parliament began in eager compliance with the new king. Gradually disillusioned by Charles's maneuvers, however, its members came to demand more control of the economy, religion, and foreign policy, starting a struggle that led to the Exclusion crisis. This lively book is the first full study of this Restoration Parliament. Using parliamentary diaries, newsletters, memoirs, letters from members of parliament, scofflaw pamphlets, and the king's own speeches, Annabel Patterson describes this second Long Parliament in an innovative and challenging way, stressing that how its records were kept and circulated is an important part of the story. Because the parliamentary debates of this age were jealously guarded from public knowledge, unofficial sources of information flourished. Often these are more candid or colorful than official records. Eighteenth-century historians, especially if Whiggish, recycled many of them for posterity. The book, therefore, not only recovers a crucial period of parliamentary history, one that helps to explain the Glorious Revolution, it also opens a discussion about historiographical method.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300137088
(234mm x 156mm x 36mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Annabel Patterson
Annabel Patterson is Sterling Professor of English Emeritus at Yale University. She lives in New Haven, CT.
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