Yesterday, Katherine Newbigging was at PhD in an Hour 'The Performance of Power in 1640s England: the competition for political authority and public support in the British Civil Wars' hosted by Victoria Anker. Here are five things she learnt this time:
1) Propaganda for the Third Earl of Essex to replace King Charles was too successful and he was on the verge of taking over the role of leader. He was a key figure in both the army and the Parliament.
2) Therefore Parliament said that no one could hold roles in both the army and the parliament and created the new model army which was based on military prowess rather than hereditary titles.
3) The only exemption from this new rule was Oliver Cromwell and he was meant only have a role in both the army and Parliament for 6 months, however they forgot about the time limit and this helped him claim power.
4) Most people learnt their news by song in the 1600s. When the new puritan Republic tried to suppress singing and dancing it is possible they also slowed down news spreading around the country.
5) During the Republic people where more upset by Christmas being banned than the theatres being shut down.