Moderate Cavaliers

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    I am currently doing research for a university paper on the English Civil War. The topic I chose is moderate royalists. Moderate in the sense of sharing parliament’s earlier concerns about illegitimate exercise of power in the monarchy but who nevertheless preferred to side with the king over the Roundheads; such as might have been, for example, of a proto-classical liberal persuasion.

    I was wondering if you could suggest any possible sources – in particular primary sources but secondary sources as well – for this topic.


    Jason Jewell

    Joel, I may be too late with this reply to help you much, but I hope that my reading lists in the lectures helped you to some extent. Conrad Russell’s book on the Civil Wars is the best starting point for getting a balanced view for what you’re talking about. Some the other “classic” authors who wrote about the Civil War, such as Lawrence Stone and Christopher Hill, were Marxists and not the best people to consult for the nuance you’re trying to detect.

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