Citizen Soldiers: The Military Power of the City of London



The central role of the City of London as a source for the supply of men, finance and military equipment for the parliamentary cause was evident to both royalists and parliamentarians from the outbreak of the Civil War. But if London was the key to the kingdom, the source, as one royalist pamphleteer wrote, of ‘continual, not small distillations, but floods of men, money, ammunition, and armes descending from the head city, and metropolis of the kingdome’,2 then the key to London lay in control of its citizen militia, the London trained bands.


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