Introduction
in Westminster 1640–60
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This chapter emphasizes how historians have neglected the town of Westminster, despite its being one of the most populous and influential towns in England. It describes the main themes of the book – and especially the central question of how a town that was indelibly associated with the crown became the political, administrative and cultural centre of the parliamentary, republican and protectoral regimes that replaced monarchy. It explains that the book will demonstrate how Westminster was both fundamentally changed by its experience of these years, and also how its distinctive character exercised an important influence on the military, religious and cultural politics of the period. The chapter also provides an introduction to the social, political and cultural geography of the area in 1640 and its forms of local government.

Westminster 1640–60

A royal city in a time of revolution

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