A Great Hazard: the Coming of Civil War

  • David Morse


In a famous speech, delivered in November 1640 before the House of Commons, when Parliament was reconvened after eleven years of personal rule by Charles I, Sir Benjamin Rudyerd said:

I have often thought and said, that it must be some great extremity that would recover and rectify this State; and when that extremity did come, it would be a great hazard whether it might prove a Remedy or Ruin. We are now, Mr Speaker, upon that vertical turning point, and therefore it is no time to palliate, to foment our own undoing.1


Great Hazard English People English History Proximate Intention Ancient Custom 
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© David Morse 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Morse
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  1. 1.University of SussexUK

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