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Gentry culture and the politics of religionCheshire on the eve of civil war$
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Richard Cust and Peter Lake

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526114402

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526114426

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The search for the centre as partisan enterprise?

The search for the centre as partisan enterprise?

(p.272) 7 The search for the centre as partisan enterprise?
Gentry culture and the politics of religion

Richard Cust

Peter Lake

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the emergence of the middle group in Cheshire politics in the spring and summer of 1641, opposed to Sir Thomas Aston’s pro-episcopacy petition, but then prepared to work with him on a petition in defence of the Book of Common Prayer in December 1641. Over this period those engaged in Cheshire politics sought to present themselves as non-partisan defenders of the county’s interests. But, as a study of Aston’s Remonstrance against presbytery demonstrates, this was a particularly hollow claim in his case.

Keywords:   middle group, Cheshire, Sir Thomas Aston, episcopacy, petition, Book of Common Prayer, Remonstrance against presbytery

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