Revolution remembered

Seditious memories after the British civil wars

Edward Legon
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Parliamentarians continued to identify with the decisions to oppose and resist Crown and established church after the Restoration. By expressing these views between 1660 and 1688, these men and women were vulnerable to charges of sedition or treason. This book examines these ‘seditious memories’ and asks why people risked themselves by expressing them in public. It does so without dismissing such views as evidence of discontent or radicalism, showing instead how they countered experiences of defeat. As well as in speech and writing, these views are shown to have manifested themselves as misbehavior during official commemoration of the civil wars and Restoration. It also considers how such views were passed on from the generation of men and women who experienced civil war and revolution to their children and grandchildren.

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‘The project has certainly resulted in a valuable piece of scholarship, and Legon has used the available materials with sensitivity and verve. There is much to commend Revolution Remembered, and it will be an influential addition to the historiography of the Restoration.’
Journal of British Studies
June 2020

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