CHAPTER III.
CHARLES AND CLARENDON.

SINCE the grandfather of Charles received the crown from Elizabeth a change had come over the meaning of the word 'Monarchy,' which was amply illustrated by the Declaration from Breda. The old phrases might be used in Parliamentary addresses; the absence of all conditions imposed by the Houses might be dwelt upon by exulting Royalists; but every one knew that there were conditions, and that the phrases merely veiled a profoundly altered set of relations. Nominally the prerogative remained what it was before thirty years of strife had taught their lessons; but none the less it was clear that 'Prerogative' and 'Parliament,' 'executive' and 'legislative,' were terms which had received new interpretations in men's minds, and must now undergo, in practical application, a serious and frank revision, if the English Monarchy, the English Parliament, and the English people were to live in harmony during the reign which opened in such a delirium of satisfaction. Even more pressing was the question, What was the new Church to be? How were

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface. vii
  • Contents xi
  • Charles Ii. 1
  • Chapter II - Scotland, Exile, and Restoration. 86
  • Chapter III - Charles and Clarendon. 160
  • Chapter IV - Charles, Louis, and Parliament. 247
  • Chapter V - The Popish Terror and the Triumph Of The Court. 330
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