"Into Another Mould": Aspects of the Interregnum

"Into Another Mould": Aspects of the Interregnum

"Into Another Mould": Aspects of the Interregnum

"Into Another Mould": Aspects of the Interregnum

Synopsis

The first edition of this volume, published in 1981 under the title Into Another Mould, contemplated three aspects of the interregnum 1642-60: the suggested or even attempted reforms of local government; the politics of the New Model Army; the strains, new and old, between and within theconstituent kingdoms. In this new edition, the original essays have been revised and joined by three new essays: 'Wales and the British Dimension'; 'Oliver Cromwell and his Protectorate Parliaments'; and a commentary by the editor, Ivan Roots, on procedure, legislation and constitutional change inthe second of these parliaments.

Excerpt

Into Another Mould’ (1998) is the second, enlarged and somewhat revised edition of one of the earliest volumes in the proliferating Exeter Studies in History series. the original articles appear to have stood the test of time. the new contributions, broadening the scope of the ‘aspects of the Interregnum’, emphasise the appeal and significance of a period sometimes described as ‘a long inevitable anti-climax’ from the execution of Charles I and the abolition of monarchy to the Restoration of 1660. Nothing, of course, is inevitable and the developments of the 1650s deserve critical attention in their own right.

The editor, acutely conscious of his own part in the elephantine gestation of this volume, is grateful to his contributors for their patience as well as their expertise. Equally, he expresses heartfelt thanks to the University of Exeter Press Editorial Panel and to Simon Baker, Richard Willis and the staff of University of Exeter Press for their unfailing courtesy and co-operation. Now the book must make its own way in the world.

Ivan Roots, 1998 . . .

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