Royalists and Royalism during the Interregnum

Edited by Professor Jason McElligott and David L. Smith

Royalists and Royalism during the Interregnum

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8161-3
  • Pages: 280
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: March 2010
  • BIC Category: History, History & Archaeology, General & world history, c 1500 onwards to present day, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, HISTORY / World, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, Humanities / British & Irish history
  • Series: Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain


What was it like to live under the English Republic and, later, Cromwell's Protectorate, if one supported the defeated Stuarts and yearned for the day when Charles II would once again set foot in England? This book tells the story of the traumatic decade of the 1650s (or, 'the Interregnum', from the Latin meaning 'between the reign of the kings') from the vantage point of those who lost the Civil Wars. It describes how these men and women negotiated the difficult choices they faced: to compromise, collaborate, or resist.

It brings together essays by established and emerging historians and literary scholars in Britain, Europe, the United States and Australia. The essays sketch the difficulties, complexities, and nuances of the Royalist experience during the Commonwealth and Protectorate, looking at women, religion, print-culture, literature, the politics of exile, and the nature and extent of royalist networks in England.


List of abbreviations
List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
1. Introduction: Rethinking Royalists and Royalism during the Interregnum, Jason McElligott and David L. Smith
2. Episcopalian conformity and nonconformity, 1646-1660, Kenneth Fincham and Stephen Taylor
3. Seditious speech and popular Royalism, Lloyd Bowen
4. Artful Ambivalence? Picturing Charles I during the Interregnum, Helen Pierce
5. 'Vailing his Crown': Royalist criticism of Charles I's kingship in the 1650s, Anthony Milton
6. Royalists in Exile: the experience of Daniel O'Neill, Geoffrey Smith
7. Gender, Geography and Exile: Royalists and the Low Countries in the 1650s,
Ann Hughes and Julie Sanders
8. Dramatis Personae: Royalism, theatre and the political ontology of the person in post-regicide writing, James Loxley
9. Shakespeare for Royalists: John Quarles and The Rape of Lucrece (1655), Marcus Nevitt
10. 'The honour of this Nation': William Dugdale and the history of St Paul's (1658), Jan Broadway
11. Atlantic Royalism? Polemic, censorship and the 'Declaration and Protestation of the Governour and Inhabitants of Virginia', Jason McElligott
12. The Earl of Southampton and the lessons of interregnum finance, D'Maris Coffman


Jason McElligott is Acting Executive Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. David L. Smith is Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Selwyn College, Cambridge

Royalists and Royalism during the Interregnum

Edited by Professor Jason McElligott, David L. Smith

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