Proceedings in the Opening Session of the Long Parliament

Proceedings in the Opening Session of the Long Parliament

House of Commons: The Strafford Trial. Volume 3: 22 March 1641 - 17 April 1641

Edited by Maija Jansson


University of Rochester Press



The official record of the English Parliament as well as personal diaries from members recording the events of the Earl of Strafford's trial and the treaty with Scotland.
In the English Parliament during the spring of 1641 two closely related matters came to a head: the trial of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, and the completion of articles forming the framework for a treaty with Scotland. Strafford was one of King Charles I's closest associates, and his trial and eventual execution marked the beginning of the long-fought out conflict between the Parliament and the Crown over political control in England.
The treaty and the trial reflect the interconnectedness of the three kingdoms -- Ireland, Scotland, and England -- and their relationships to one another under the English monarchy. In the parliamentary debates recorded in this volume, the interplay between public and private interests, military, religious, and mercantile, with and outside the court in England becomes clearer, as does the extent of state-driven policy and imperial design which had evolved during the years when Charles ruled without a Parliament.
These records constitute the definitive account of the Strafford trial, as well as detailing other early impeachment proceedings, which would set the precedent for later impeachment trials in Great Britain and America (including the recent impeachment of United States President William Jefferson Clinton). With regards to the treaty, the journals and diaries present a detailed narrative of the step-by-step construction of peace with Scotland.

Maija Jansson is Director of the Yale Center for Parliamentary History


November 2001
646 pages
10x7 in
Proceedings of the English Parliament
ISBN: 9781580460897
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC HIS015000, HIS037040, POL018000
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Table of Contents

Introduction Appendix I Appendix II Appendix II
Editorial Notes
Abbreviations and Short Titles


Primarily a collection of diaries, this edition of proceedings is a boon to historians. . . it will inevitably be treated as authoritative. PARLIAMENTARY HISTORY Any academic library that aspires to assemble a collection of works dealing with English history, and particularly with the aspects of its political and constitutional evolution, will be incomplete without these three volumes. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL A magnificent scholarly achievement. JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF ARCHIVISTS (24,2 October 2003)

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