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Covenanting Citizens: The Protestation Oath and Popular Political Culture in the English Revolution

John Walter


This work throws new light on the origins of the English civil war and on the radical nature of the English Revolution. The book challenges the discrete categories of high and popular politics and the presumed boundaries between national and local history. It offers the first full study of the Protestation, the first state oath to be issued under parliamentary authority. The politics behind its introduction into Parliament challenges the idea that the drift to civil war was unintended or accidental. Used as a loyalty oath to swear the nation, it required those who took it to defend king, Churc ... More

Keywords: English Revolution, English civil war, Protestation, popular parliamentarianism, new political history, state oaths, popular political agency, popular political culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199605590
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Walter, author
Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Essex