Chronological and regional patterns to side-changing

Andrew Hopper

in Turncoats and Renegadoes

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199575855
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744617 | DOI:
Chronological and regional patterns to side-changing

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This chapter examines how the fortunes of war and changing political circumstances shaped side‐changing, pointing to different patterns of defections in the regions of England and Wales. It finds that side‐changing was most pronounced in war‐torn areas where territorial control fluctuated sharply, such as Devon, Dorset, Yorkshire, and Lancashire. Allegiance was mobilized through territorial control and a continued military presence rather than merely the activism of local sympathizers. The location of side‐changing peers and MPs' estates in some cases appear to have constrained their owners' political options, whilst careful attention is devoted to the particular political timing of defections.

Keywords: allegiance; loyalty; locality; military; conspiracy; Wales; MPs; politics

Chapter.  9787 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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