Contemporary historiography English Civil War

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    • Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, who wrote the History of the great rebellion
    • his history contains somewhat biased portraits of contemporary politicians and is critical of Charles and Laud's policies in the 30's
    • he sees the civil war as a result of a conspiracy by self seeking men, especially Pym, to seize power and destroy the rightful legal position of the king
    • Edmund Ludlow; a puritan country gentleman
    • saw the civil war as a direct result of Charles' attempt, as he saw it, to become an absolutist monarch and Laud's to destroy the puritan protestant nature of the CofE


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