Simon Heffer

King V Parliament

The Noble Revolt: The Overthrow of Charles I


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It is a question thousands of examinees have had to answer over the centuries: what was the cause of the English Civil War? Marxists, rewriting history with their customary abandon, depict it in nakedly class terms: the Commons, on behalf of the people of England, rose up against a weak but absolutist King who, supported by an effete aristocracy, was no match for popular force and sentiment. This is the contention that John Adamson, in this immensely scholarly and beautifully written book, sets out to disprove: and, without doubt, he succeeds.

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