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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?

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

Peter Lake

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526114426.00018

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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