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A series of conflicts between Charles I of England and Parliamentary forces during 1642–1651.

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How was ethnicity's role in the voting enfranchisement envisioned after the English Civil War?

I am reading Democracy in Europe: A History by Luciano Canfora. In his short section on the English Civil War he states There is another element in the Levellers' thinking that should also be taken ...
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How did news of important events spread during the English Civil War?

I know there were proto-newspapers in Britain at the time, but how did people in, for example, Huntingdon or Worcester, find out what was happening in London or Oxford? Did Royalist or Parliamentarian ...
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In this letter from the English Civil War, what does THO stand for?

(Not sure if this should be on the English.SE. I ask here since it is quoted from a historical document.) Sir, I do by these summon you to deliver up the City of Oxford into my hands, for the use of ...
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Was Queen Henrietta Maria (of England) known for scratching her initials into things?

C. S. Lewis's novel That Hideous Strength contains the following passage: “Look out! Look out!” said a dozen voices at once as a splintering of glass became audible and a shower of stones fell onto ...
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Did Henrietta Maria leave any writings in which she described her thoughts with respect to Charles I's afterlife?

Henrietta Maria, Charles I's queen consort, was a famously strident Roman Catholic. She outraged her husband's subjects by praying publicly under the gallows at Tyburn, where many Roman Catholics had ...
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Why was Charles I not pressed by *peine forte et dure* to force him to plead to treason in front of the High Court?

Why was Charles I not pressed by peine forte et dure to force him to plead to treason in front of the High Court of Justice for the trial of King Charles I? Under English common law, peine forte et ...
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At the beginning of English Civil War, why did Parliament take a hard line with neutrals, thereby effectively helping Royalist recruitment?

In Cavaliers and Roundheads, Christopher Hibbert notes the problems King Charles I had recruiting men for his army. Even in late August 1642, he had “scarcely more than 1,000 men” and was greatly ...
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What was the English Civil War called during the Protectorate?

Between 1642 and 1651, Charles I and Parliamentary forces fought for control over England, Scotland, and Ireland. The Parliamentary forces won and established the Commonwealth of England. During this ...
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Post English Civil War history books/novels

I'm looking for some post English Civil War history textbooks or novels aimed at the young-teenage (13) are range. My aim is to help my son improve his critical writing history homework. Are there any ...
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Why did Charles I not borrow abroad?

The reign of Charles I of England can be summarized to a large degree as a continued attempt to raise revenue without authorization from Parliament. As is well known, Charles and his advisers had to ...
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Did Roundheads have opinions on early leaders of the Reformation (e.g., Martin Luther) during the Civil War?

We know that Henry VIII had been against Luther, even after Henry broke with Rome. So the Reformation in England developed differently to the one in Europe at that point. But were later Protestants in ...
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How did the English Civil War affect the American Colonies policy-wise?

How did the English Civil War and the following reign of Oliver Cromwell affect policies towards and in the American Colonies? I don't see anything Wikipedia that covers this topic (I can only see ...
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What primary sources are there for Charles I's seizure of gold from the Tower mint?

What primary sources are there for Charles the First's 1640 seizure of gold from the Tower mint? Wikipedia is a tertiary source.
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How extensive was the slighting of castles in the English Civil War?

Wikipedia states During the English Civil War many castles and fortified houses were slighted by the Parliamentarians to stop them being used by the Royalists. Most of the destruction was in ...
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Why was the Old Wardour Castle not demolished after the English Civil War?

After the English Civil War, some strongholds such as Corfe Castle were slighted, that is demolished, by order of Parliament. Another Royalist castle, the (Old) Wardour Castle appears to not have ...
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Did the rebels in the American War of Independence acknowledge English Civil War rebel groups as an influence on their thinking?

I asked before about Cromwell, who it seems was viewed negatively. What about the ideas of people like the Levellers, or more general republican ideas that existed in England at that time?
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Did the 'founding fathers' of the United States see Oliver Cromwell as a role model?

Did they like Oliver Cromwell, who founded a republic after a dispute about taxes led to the overthrow of a king, or did they see him as a usurping Caesar who destroyed a republic and became a tyrant?
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Did the Roundheads/Commonwealth of England receive any ideological sympathy abroad?

Were any of the various republican ideas or factions in the time of the English Civil War/Commonwealth of England given any support by people elsewhere in Europe? I know the rest of Europe was busy ...
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What evidence is there that English Political divisions from the 1600s are replicated in American politics today?

This post makes the claim that American political divisions today have their roots in English political divisions from the 1600's. For example: East Anglians, the core of the Parliamentarian (blue, ...
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What was the official attitude to Cromwell after the Glorious Revolution?

Under the restored Stuarts, obviously, Cromwell was vilified. Actually, his exhumed head was publicly displayed on a pike for more than 20 years during their rule (wikipedia devotes a separate article ...
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