Chapter

Introduction

Andrew Hopper

in Turncoats and Renegadoes

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199575855
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744617 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575855.003.0001
Introduction

Show Summary Details

Preview

The introduction establishes the importance and novelty of this neglected topic. It reviews the historiography of civil‐war allegiance and the difficult process by which individuals chose sides. It then addresses the historical problem of defining what actually constituted a turncoat, especially when so many side‐changers proclaimed the political constancy of their actions. It details the troublesome nature of the primary sources and the difficulty of unpicking an individual's motives from evidence about their behaviour. It also contextualizes the study by briefly examining how side‐changing was viewed before the civil wars.

Keywords: allegiance; loyalty; side‐changing; historiography; context; evidence

Chapter.  7450 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.