Inventing a republic : the political culture of the English Commonwealth, 1649-1653
Part of the Politics, culture and society in early modern Britain series
The character and appearance of English governance were changed utterly in 1649, when Charles I was executed and the monarchy abolished.
At a stroke, legitimate authority in the nation was stripped of the charismatic focus from whence it had derived much of its apparently ageless dignity.
This volume provides a study of how England's political culture was reinvented by the new parliamentary republic.
It describes how government members colonized and revived the abandoned royal palace at Whitehall, and describes the imaginative and consistently iconographic and ceremonial languages with which they replaced the imagery and spectacle of the monarchy.
It makes a case for the comprehensive revision of the historio-graphical preconceptions surrounding England's only lengthy period of kinglessness.