The purging of Parliament, 1648

The army and its supporters were concerned that Parliament would persist in fruitless negotiations with Charles I in order to reach a political settlement after the Civil War. Colonel Thomas Pride therefore arrested or forcibly excluded some 140 MPs considered to be favourable to such talks, in what came to be known as Pride's Purge. This contemporary pamphlet, hostile to the army, describes the event and captures the tension of the period - not least with its claim that the purge served nothing more than Catholic designs.
Catalogue reference: SP 116/531 (December 1648)



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