The press and popular politics

The conditions produced by civil war, coupled with the growth of the press and the attitudes that emerged in the mid 17th century, enabled the voice of 'the people' to be heard more clearly and more continually than ever before. Pamphlets such as this claimed to represent the demands of 'thousands' of ordinary people - in this case, in support of the army and against Charles I - and placed pressure on their representatives in Parliament.
Catalogue reference: SP 116/531 (October 1648)

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