Rebellion against Parliament emerges in Essex (584 words)

Historical Context Note

  • Andrew Hopper (The University of Leicester)


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The second civil war in the spring and summer of 1648 comprised the invasion of England by the Scots Army of the Engagement, along with a series of local uprisings and mutinies across England and Wales in opposition to the Westminster Parliament. The rebellion in Essex, culminating in the lengthy siege of Colchester, was the most dangerous and finest led of these uprisings.

As elsewhere, discontent in Essex was rooted in the perception that Parliament’s victory in 1646 had brought the people no relief from wartime conditions. High taxation to support the New Model Army persisted, Parliament’s county committees were suspected of corruption and profiteering, and Westminster had failed to negotiate a peace settlement with …

Hopper, Andrew. "Rebellion against Parliament emerges in Essex". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 May 2008
[, accessed 25 October 2016.]

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  1. English Civil War