English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century, 1603-1689

English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century, 1603-1689

English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century, 1603-1689

English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century, 1603-1689

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The lectures printed in the present volume were delivered in the University of Cambridge by the author as Deputy for the Regius Professor of Modern History during the academical year 1926-27. They have all the characteristic defects of lectures appearing in book form -- in particular, the want of architectural proportion due to the necessity of forcing a varied subject-matter into the Procrustean framework of sixteen discourses of equal length -- but the lecturer has been advised that an historical summary of this kind is likely to be useful to students reading for the Historical Tripos, and to their service he therefore dedicates it, in memory of the successive generations of their predecessors to whom he taught History for nearly forty years.

Some of the material for these lectures was brought together a long time ago without any idea of publication, and in a few cases no sufficient note was taken of its sources. If therefore adequate acknowledgment has not always been paid to the work of others, the author desires to express his very sincere regret for this unfortunate result of his youthful sins of omission.

Like all other students of the seventeenth century, the writer owes to the late Dr S. R. Gardiner and to Sir C. H. Firth an immense debt; he therefore wishes to pay special acknowledgment to the kindness of Messrs Longmans, Green & Co. in granting him permission to use some of the quotations from original sources printed in the former's History of England 1603-1642, History of the Great Civil War 1642-1649, and History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate 1649-1660, and in the . . .

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