The Pattern of Politics

Glanmor Williams

in The Foundations of Modern Wales

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780192852786
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670565 | DOI:

Series: History of Wales

The Pattern of Politics

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This chapter discusses the system of governance and the pattern of politics in Wales during the Restoration. A powerful majority of Welsh royalists and churchmen were returned to Parliament in 1661, and joined by those who had served in Cromwellian times in order to preserve some kind of constituted authority and public order. The fate of Charles I had been the cause of much bad blood during the restoration. Charles II ensured that all those who assisted in the murder of the late king were delivered over to public justice. Politics and practice were the preserve of rich men and although there were little enthusiasm for politics among Welsh after 1689, talented men continued to reach positions of political eminence during the reigns of William and Anne. The constitution and the system of parliamentary representation enabled the leading families to rule almost as feudal barons over the rest of society.

Keywords: pattern of politics; restoration; Welsh royalists; churchmen; parliament; Cromwellian times; Charles II; William and Anne; constitution

Chapter.  19408 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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