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Why did people want the king back in 1646?

Case study 1: Effects of war, 1642-45 - Source 2

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An order published by Parliament about the city of Lincoln, 18 February 1642

(Catalogue ref: SP 16/497/29)

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SP16/497/29; Parliamentary order on Lincoln, 1642

What is this source?

This is a Parliamentary Ordinance.


What's the background to this source?

Lincoln was controlled by Parliament in the Civil War, even though there were many supporters of the king in the city and in the county of Lincolnshire. County Committees ran areas controlled by Parliament.


It's worth knowing that...

As the war went on the County Committees got tougher and tougher. They demanded more taxes, supplies, horses and so on for the war, and not just from Royalist supporters. As a result, they became increasingly unpopular.


Your turn: What can we learn from this source?

  1. Who was criticised in this source?
  2. Who was to carry out Parliament’s commands?
  3. Study the notes that support this source. What can you find out about County Committees?
  4. How does this source help to explain why many people were supporting Charles in 1646?