The Last Years of the Protectorate, 1656-1658 - Vol. 1

The Last Years of the Protectorate, 1656-1658 - Vol. 1

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The Last Years of the Protectorate, 1656-1658 - Vol. 1

The Last Years of the Protectorate, 1656-1658 - Vol. 1

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These volumes are intended to be a continuation of the 'History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate' which Dr. S. R. Gardiner left unfinished. The third volume of his book was published in 1901, just before he fell ill. The only portion of the projected fourth volume which he left in a sufficiently advanced state for publication was the chapter on the Parliamentary Elections of 1656, published separately in 1903. I cannot refrain from expressing once more the regret felt by all students of English history that Dr. Gardiner was not spared to complete the book to which he devoted so many years, and to give the world his final estimate of the aims and achievements of the Protector. A continuation by another hand has necessarily many defects. Though this was undertaken in accordance with Dr. Gardiner's wishes, I am conscious that I do not possess either the comprehensive knowledge or the perfect equipment which he brought to his task.

An explanation of this kind seemed necessary in order to show why these volumes begin, somewhat abruptly, with the meeting of Cromwell's second Parliament in September, 1656, and to account for the absence of any preliminary sketch of the position of English politics at that moment. The 'History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate' supplies the place of any such introduction, and a certain acquaintance with it is throughout assumed. The references made . . .

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