‘For the better vindication of his Majestie in forreigne partes’
Orchestrating English polemics in Paris and The Hague, 1645–8
in Revolutionising politics
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During the English Civil War, royalist and parliamentarian diplomats tried to foster a European public sympathetic to one cause or the other. Surviving diplomatic papers of the 1640s allow us to glimpse agents on both sides translating and printing polemical works for continental readers. Walter Strickland, Parliament’s agent in The Hague, organised the printing of a Parliamentary Declaration after royalist reports of Archbishop Laud’s ‘good death’ won sympathy among Dutch audiences. On the other side, Sir Edward Nicholas and other royalists in France used a Paris press to make a more successful rebuttal of rumours that Charles had conspired in his own father’s death. These two case studies of overseas press campaigns suggest the possibilities of what a broader examination of how the British Revolution played in continental print culture might yield.

Revolutionising politics

Culture and conflict in England, 1620–60

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