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The Duke's Parrot: the earl of Leicester, the king's children and the English revolution

Peacey, J; (2020) The Duke's Parrot: the earl of Leicester, the king's children and the English revolution. Parliamentary History , 39 (1) pp. 7-24. 10.1111/1750-0206.12475. Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines neglected evidence regarding the ongoing captivity of the children of Charles I, at the hands of the republican regime, long after the regicide in January 1649. While it is well known that the Long Parliament was anxious to attend to the education of the royal children, and to exert authority over their upbringing, and also that there were rumours during the 1640s about plans to install the youngest prince, the duke of Gloucester, on the throne in place of a deposed king, little attention has been paid to voluminous and intriguing evidence about their fate during the interregnum. The aim of this essay is to survey such sources, and to recover evidence of a political and parliamentary debate about the children's fate, not least in a situation where it was thought possible that they might provide a rallying point for royalists, and a security threat. That debates about their fate were protracted and convoluted is used to flesh out rather sketchy evidence – much commented upon by historians, but not taken very seriously – that there was an ongoing debate over a possible monarchical settlement until 1653.

Type: Article
Title: The Duke's Parrot: the earl of Leicester, the king's children and the English revolution
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1750-0206.12475
Publisher version: https://doi-org.libproxy.ucl.ac.uk/10.1111/1750-02...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10076465
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