Royalism has never been particularly fashionable among historians of the mid-century English Civil War and Revolution. When one compares the amount of work done on the royalists with the large volume of books and articles on the various parliamentarians and sectaries of the period one is struck by the great imbalance between the two. Defeat, like familiarity, breeds contempt.
This neglect of royalism is unfortunate because we can never hope to unlock the essential characteristics and dynamics of the conflict which engulfed Britain in the 1640s and 1650s until we know far, far more about those men and women from all levels of society who supported the king and thumbed their noses at the Puritans and Roundheads.
We wish to commission a book of essays to examine the royalist experience from the time of the regicide to the Restoration. We are currently editing a collection of essays entitled 'Royalists and Royalism during the English Civil Wars'. This deals with the years from 1637 to 1649, and will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2007. We envisage that this second volume, 'Royalists and Royalism during the Interregnum', will complement the first volume and provide a further stimulus to the recent growth of interest in this field. We also envisage that it too will be produced by a leading academic publisher.
We would particularly like to encourage papers which deal with one or more of the following topics:
• Definitions and varieties of royalism
• Turncoats, renegades, apostates and collaborators
• Royalists, religion and theology
• Hitherto obscure or unknown royalists
• Royalist networks
• Royalist print-culture
• Royalist women
• Social and cultural aspects of the royalist
• Royalists in exile in continental Europe and further afield
• New sources for the study of royalism
• New approaches to royalist literature
Proposals of no more than 300 words should be sent by e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm on 15 September 2006. We envisage that essays accepted for the volume will be due for submission to the editors exactly one year later.
Dr Jason McElligott
Oxford, OX1 4JD
Dr David L.Smith
Cambridge, CB3 9EF
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