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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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Cheshire and the outbreak of civil war

Cheshire and the outbreak of civil war

(p.323) 8 Cheshire and the outbreak of civil war
Gentry culture and the politics of religion

Richard Cust

Peter Lake

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the growing partisanship in Cheshire politics from the outbreak of the Irish Rebellion in October 1641 to the king’s visit to Chester that forced many to choose sides in September 1642. It highlights the roles of anti-popery and anti-puritanism, the emergence of an aggressive group of royalists led by Earl Rivers and Sir Thomas Aston and the unavailing efforts of the middle group to keep the peace and promote accommodation.

Keywords:   Cheshire, civil war, anti-popery, anti-puritanism, royalists, middle group

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