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The Cavalier Parliament and the reconstruction of the Old Regime, 1661-1667 /
Paul Seaward.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
description
xii, 359 p. ; 24 cm. --
ISBN
0521340306
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
isbn
0521340306
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
801390
 
Bibliography: p. 329-344.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-11:
Seaward has written what certainly will be the definitive analysis of the Cavalier Parliament, from its origins to the impeachment of Clarendon. In so doing, Seaward examines not only the workings of Parliament but also the policies of Clarendon, those of some of his rivals at Court, of the King (on the infrequent occasions when he gave leadership), and of various opposition or "country" leaders. The best parts of the book are Seaward's discussion of Clarendon's desire to wed the monarchy to the rule of law and of the gentry's fear (enhanced by the failure of many Royalists to "get their own again" and the presence of former opponents in high positions) that their political, social, and economic positions were endangered. The gentry's fears erupted in the sessions of 1666-67 when economic collapse, disaster in war, plague, the fire in London, scarcity of money and, to many, a sinful and allegedly popish Court had brought the possibility of ruin and the near certainty of God's wrath upon them. As Seaward has shown, royalist Anglicans' loyalty could not be gained at their own expense. An excellent book, but most students should read first Richard Ollard's Clarendon and His Friends (CH, Jun '88) and then Ronald Hutton's exceptional narrative, The Restoration (CH, Dec '85). Upper-division undergraduates and above. -C. L. Hamilton, Simon Fraser University
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This book is the first detailed study of Westminster politics in the 1660s for over twenty years, and the first ever in-depth study of the legislation of the 1660s. Dr Seaward shows how these drastic and dramatic events had changed perceptions and attitudes in British politics.
Description for Library
This is an account of English politics in the 1660s, the years immediately following the Restoration of Charles II, after the Civil Wars and Interregnum in the course of which the monarchy had been abolished and Charles I executed. It is the first detailed study of Westminster politics in the 1660s for over twenty years, and the first ever in-depth study of the legislation of the 1660s. Dr Seaward shows how these drastic and dramatic events had changed perceptions and attitudes in British politics.
Main Description
This is an account of English politics in the 1660s, the years immediately following the Restoration of Charles II, after the Civil Wars and Interregnum in the course of which the monarchy had been abolished and Charles I executed. It is the first detailed study of Westminster politics in the 1660s for over twenty years, and the first ever in-depth study of the legislation of the 1660s. Dr Seaward shows how these drastic and dramatic events had changed perceptions and attitudes in British politics. He analyses the policies followed by the Restoration government (and in particular those of Charles II's chief minister, Clarendon) in attempting to restore royal power, and the effect of the Civil Wars' legacy of partisan bitterness on relations between government and parliament. The book also describes the breakdown in those relations, which occurred in 1666-7 and during the earlier crisis in 1663, and attempts to discover why relations were soured so quickly after the euphoria of the Restoration in 1660.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Reconstructed Politics
The making of government policy
Royalism and conservatism in the Cavalier Parliament
The structure of parliamentary politics
The Reconstruction of the Old Regime
Finance
Government
Religion
Indemnity
The End of Reconstruction
Faction: 1661-September 1665
War: October 1665-November 1666
Defeat: December 1666-September 1667
Conclusion
Appendix
Select bibliography
Index
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