‘Ambi-dexter’ MPs

Andrew Hopper

in Turncoats and Renegadoes

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199575855
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744617 | DOI:
‘Ambi-dexter’ MPs

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This chapter quantifies the number of MPs who changed sides, or were suspected of doing so. Again it endeavours to distinguish their motives, and how far side‐changing was thrust upon them by changing political circumstances such as the Cessation in Ireland, the taking of the Solemn League and Covenant, and the calling of the Oxford Parliament. It concludes that the king was far more successful in winning over convert MPs than was parliament, despite parliament's increasing military ascendancy, largely because of the comparative generosity of the terms on which converts to royalism were received.

Keywords: honour; allegiance; loyalties; politics; side‐changing; Cessation; Covenant; House of Commons; MPs

Chapter.  9684 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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