A Century of Revolution 1603-1714

A Century of Revolution 1603-1714

A Century of Revolution 1603-1714

A Century of Revolution 1603-1714

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The arrangement of this book calls for a word of explanation. In order to avoid repeating at length what can be found in many textbooks, and to have more space for attempts at explanation, I have, in the narrative chapters, given merely a bald summary of events. The reader should be patient when, for instance, he finds ‘the Cokayne Project’ mentioned without explanation on p. 10. It is discussed at length on pp. 34-5. The index indicates where definitions of technical terms are to be found, and gives biographical details of persons not fully identified in the text. Quotations from seventeenth-century sources have been modernised. Dates are given in the Old Style. Seventeenth-century England was ten days behind the New Style used on the Continent. But I have taken the year as beginning on 1st January, not on 25th March as most seventeenth-century Englishmen usually did.

The plan of this series did not allow full documentation. When I have consciously used someone else’s idea, or quoted a phrase from a historian not easily identifiable from the context, I hope I have normally given the reference in a footnote. But I have taken so much from Sir G. N. Clark, Professor W. Haller, Professor W. K. Jordan, Mr E. Lipson, Mr David Ogg, and Professor R. H. Tawney, that I can express only my general gratitude here. Extracts from Clarendon’s History of the Rebellion and his Life have been included by kind permission of the Clarendon

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