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No King But Jesus:

The Rise of the Fifth Monarchy Movement
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Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Idees book series (ARCH, volume 61)

Abstract

The political events in the critical months of late 1648 and early 1649 were by nature the most revolutionary in the twenty years of the English Revolution. In spite of the armed conflicts between the King and Parliament, the Civil War did not change the basic constitutional structure of the nation. It is true that the Long Parliament had taken up arms against the Crown, but the monarchy itself was not challenged. Charles I was still recognized as the king of the three kingdoms de jure, if not de facto. The Solemn League and Covenant of 1643, if it can be considered as the declaration of the war aims of the rebellious parties in both Scotland and England, had professed ”to preserve and defend the King’s Majesty’s person and authority... [with] no thoughts or intentions to diminish his Majesty’s just power and greatness.“ 1 Moreover, the Parliament had always regarded itself as the highest legislative authority in the nation, and its privileges and liberties were jealously guarded. However, with the purge of the Long Parliament late in 1648 and the destruction of the Stuart monarchy early in the following year, the constitutional continuity which had existed throughout the years of the Civil War, tenuous as it might be, was broken.

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Armed Conflict Church Leader Religious Struggle Army Officer Original Letter 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1973

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  • Tai Liu

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