Revivifying and Reconciling the State: Peace-Making and Narrative Hegemony in Post-Civil-War England, 1646–1647

Chapter

Abstract

In 1647, after the end of civil war in England, partisans in the peace process competed to attain narrative hegemony over the interpretation and meaning of the conflict. At the forefront of these efforts were historical narratives. This essay exams an attempt by Joshua Sprigge to produce a history that would situate the New Model Army in a favourable position in settlement negotiations. The result was a history, Anglia Rediviva, that strived to demonstrate the necessary existence of the Army to safeguard the future peace of the kingdom. It combined providentialist reading of the Army’s military success with a tightly narrated account of its activities. Working with prominent members of the London print trade and drawing upon the technical skills of engravers to illustrate the text, Sprigge produced a monument to the Army that he hoped would shape and influence the course of the peace process.

References

  1. Ashton, Robert. Counter-Revolution: The Second Civil War and Its Origins, 1646–1648. (New Haven: Yale, 1994).Google Scholar
  2. Atherton, Ian. “Remembering (and Forgetting) Fairfax’s Battlefields.” In England’s Fortress: New Perspectives on Thomas, 3rd Lord Fairfax, edited by Andrew Hopper and Philip Major, 95–116. (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).Google Scholar
  3. Becker, Howard S. Art Worlds. (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1982).Google Scholar
  4. Braddick, Michael. God’s Fury, England’s Fire: A New History of the English Civil Wars. (London: Penguin, 2008).Google Scholar
  5. Bulman, William J. “Hobbes’s Publisher and the Political Business of Enlightenment.” The Historical Journal 59, 2 (2016): 339–364.Google Scholar
  6. Donagan, Barbara. “Codes and Conduct in the English Civil War.” Past and Present 118 (1988): 65–95.Google Scholar
  7. Gaskell, Roger. “Printing House and Engraving Shop: A Mysterious Collaboration,” Book Collector 53, 2 (2004): 213–252.Google Scholar
  8. Gentles, Ian. The New Model Army in England, Ireland and Scotland, 1645–1653. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992).Google Scholar
  9. ———. “The Army and the Constitutional Crisis of the Later 1640s.” In The Agreements of the People, the Levellers and the Constitutional Crisis of the English Revolution, edited by Philip Baker and Elliot Vernon, 139–162. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).Google Scholar
  10. Gordin, Michael D, Tilley, Helen, and Prakash, Gyan. “Utopia and Dystopia beyond Space and Time,” in Utopia/Dystopia: Conditions of Historical Possibility, Michael D. Gordin, Helen Tilley and Gyan Prakash eds., 1–18. (Princeton: Princeton University Press 2010).Google Scholar
  11. Hughes, Ann. Gangraena and the Struggle for the English Revolution. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).Google Scholar
  12. Kishlansky, Mark. The Rise of the New Model Army (Cambridge, 1979).Google Scholar
  13. Lindley, Keith and Scott, David A. The Journal of Thomas Juxon, 1644–1647, Camden, Fifth Series. 13. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999).Google Scholar
  14. McKenzie, Donald F. Making Meaning: Printers of the Mind and Other Essays (University of Massachusetts Press, 2002).Google Scholar
  15. Neufeld, Matthew. “From Peacemaking to Peacebuilding: The Multiple Endings of England’s Long Civil Wars.” American Historical Review 120, 5 (2015): 1709–1723.Google Scholar
  16. Peacey, Jason. Politicians and Pamphleteers: Propaganda during the English Civil Wars and Interregnum. (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004).Google Scholar
  17. ———. Print and Public Politics in the English Revolution. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).Google Scholar
  18. Plomer, H. R. “A printer’s Bill in the Seventeenth century.” The Library 2, 25 (1906): 32–45, p. 35.Google Scholar
  19. Raven, James. The Business of Books: Booksellers and the English Book Trade, 1450–1850. (New Haven (CT); London: Yale University Press, 2007).Google Scholar
  20. ———. Bookscape: Geographies of Printing and Publishing in London before 1800. (London: British Library, 2014).Google Scholar
  21. Raymond, Joad. The Invention of the Newspaper: English Newsbooks, 1641–1649. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996).Google Scholar
  22. Rivett, Gary. “‘Make use of things present and past’: Thomas May’s histories of parliament, printed public discourse and the politics of the recent past, 1640–1650,” Ph.D. Diss., (University of Sheffield, 2010).Google Scholar
  23. ———. “Peacemaking, Parliament, and the Politics of the Recent Past in the English Civil Wars.” Huntington Library Quarterly 76, 4 (2013): 589–615.Google Scholar
  24. Vernon, Elliot. The Sion College Conclave and London Presbyterianism during the English Revolution. Ph.D Diss., (University of Cambridge, 1999).Google Scholar
  25. Walsham, Alexandra. Providence in Early Modern England. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).Google Scholar
  26. Williams, Grant and Ivic, Christopher. “Introduction: sites of forgetting in early modern English literature and culture.” In Forgetting in Early Modern English Literature and Culture: Lethe’s Legacies, edited by Christopher Ivic and Grant Williams, 1–19. (London and New York: Routledge, 2004).Google Scholar
  27. Woodhouse A.S.P. Ed. Puritanism and Liberty: Being the Army Debates (1647–49) from the Clarke Manuscripts. Second edition. (London: J.M. Dent and Sons, 1974).Google Scholar
  28. Worden, Blair. “Providence and Politics in Cromwellian England.” Past and Present, 109 (1985): 55–99.Google Scholar
  29. Woolrych Austin, Soldiers and Statesmen: The General Council of the Army and Its Debates, 1647–1648. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987).Google Scholar
  30. ———. Britain in Revolution, 1625–1660. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.York St John UniversityYorkUK

Personalised recommendations