Author: Paul Knell, chaplain in Royalist Army (1648)
Compares England's state during the War to that of Israel during the revolt of the 10 tribes. Expresses ideas of England as God's paradise, corrupted by the sins of the English and requiring penance for restoration to God's good will.
Author: John Milton (1650)
Milton provides a justification for the execution of Charles I, which had taken place on 30 January 1649. Commissioned as Parliamentarian propaganda, this was explicitly designed to counter Royalist opposition to the execution.
Author: John Milton (1644)
Prose polemic opposing licensing and censorship. Among history's most influential and impassioned philosophical defences of the principle of a right to freedom of speech and expression, it expressed principles that would form the basis for modern justifications of that right.
Progressive political manifesto advocating for constitutional changes to the English State. Called for freedom of religion and equality under the law. Associated with the Levellers, who hoped to base England's new constitution off of it. Subject of the Putney debates.
A set of propositions intended to be a basis for a constitutional settlement after Parliamentary victory. Presented at the Putney debates as a moderate alternative to An Agreement of the People. Never adopted, but elements were later incorporated into the Instrument of Government.
(1643-46) -- later additions also available in EEBO
Collection of editions of the parliamentarian proto-newspaper Mercurius Britanicus , which frequently provoked and debated its royalist rival, Mercurius Aulicus.
(1643-46) -- later additions also available on EEBO
Collections of editions of the royalist proto-newspaper Mercurius Aulicus, which frequently provoked and debated its parliamentarian rival, Mercurius Britanicus.
Author: Philip Hunton (1643)
Attempting to establish a compromise between the Royalists and the Long-Parliamentarians, Hunton presents a holistic theory of balance of powers. Opposing all forms of absolutism, he argues that no power in a mixed government should be supreme.
Author: John Cook (1652)
Outspoken propaganda defending the execution of King Charles, calls the execution "one of the fattest sacrifices that Queen Justice ever had." In support of parliamentary absolutism, argues that monarchies violate the will of God and reason of men.