Civil war London

Mobilizing for parliament, 1641-5

By Jordan S. Downs

Civil war London


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4881-0
  • Pages: 344
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: June 2021
  • BIC Category: Military history, England, Economic history, Early 17th century c 1600 to c 1650, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Stuart Era (1603-1714), Economics, finance, business & management / Economic history, Humanities / British & Irish history, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, HISTORY / Military / Other, HISTORY / Revolutionary, History, Early Modern History, Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions
  • Series: Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain


This book looks at London's provision of financial and military support for parliament's war against King Charles I. It explores for the first time a series of episodic, circumstantial and unique mobilisations that spanned from late 1641 to early 1645 and which ultimately led to the establishment of the New Model Army. Based on research from two-dozen archives, Civil war London charts the successes and failures of efforts to move London's vast resources and in the process poses a number of challenges to longstanding notions about the capital's 'parliamentarian' makeup. It reveals interactions between London's Corporation, parochial communities and livery companies, between preachers and parishioners and between agitators, propagandists and common people. Within these tangled webs of political engagement reside the untold stories of the movement of money and men, but also of parliament's eventual success in the English Civil War.


'Civil War London is a commendable and meticulously researched study, and one which should be read by all who are interested in the civil wars, civic history, popular politics, print culture, religion, and social and economic history. Hopefully it will also usher in a new age which restores and extends local (or in this case municipal) history in exciting and innovative directions.'


1 London, Ireland and the Protestant cause
2 Mobilising the metropolis
3 A third house of parliament
4 London's levée en masse
5 A 'rebellious city'?


Jordan S. Downs is Lecturer in History at University of California, Riverside

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