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Revolution rememberedSeditious memories after the British civil wars$
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Edward Legon

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526124654

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526124654.001.0001

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Introduction:‘Remember the Good Old Cause’

Introduction:‘Remember the Good Old Cause’

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction:‘Remember the Good Old Cause’
Revolution remembered

Edward Legon

Manchester University Press

This chapter situates the book within existing historical interest in how the wars and revolutions in Britain between 1637 and 1660 were remembered during the remainder of the seventeenth century. It is argued that existing work has largely overlooked the diversity of opinions about the civil wars and, thus, the existence of a wellspring of alternative, pro-parliamentarian and pro-republican ‘seditious’ memories. In order to uncover these seditious memories, the chapter suggests moving away from Restoration print culture to evidence of oral culture, such as is evident in legal records and government papers.

Keywords:   Civil wars, interregnum, memory, memory studies, print, orality

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