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Introduction

Henry Reece

in The Army in Cromwellian England, 1649-1660

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780198200635
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746284 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200635.003.0001
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The Introduction highlights the main purposes of the book: to establish the character of the army during the Interregnum and how its internal dynamics changed over time; to describe the impact of the military presence on English society; and to provide an alternative reading of the army's role in the political events of 1659–60. The chapter summarizes the army's high-profile involvement in the politics of the Interregnum, and discusses existing historical accounts. A synopsis of each chapter in the book is then provided. The second section of the introduction focuses on the primary sources and shows how the paucity of letters and memoirs from army officers has coloured perceptions of the army's role. The only substantial archive of letters from army officers survives in the correspondence of Captain Adam Baynes, and this source has been used extensively in the book.

Keywords: Interregnum; military presence; officers; Adam Baynes

Chapter.  9474 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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