This collection is divided into five parts, each illuminating different dimensions of the period and reproducing substantial series of key classes from the public records. Part One, taken from PRO classes SP 20, 22, 24 and 28, illustrates the work of parliamentary committees--the most striking innovation in the structure of government introduced by the Long Parliament in the 1640s.
The vast bulk of Exchequer papers at the Public Records Office has often deterred scholars from pursuing an in-depth study of finance during the Civil War. Parts Two to Five of this microfilm edition offer material that makes this important study feasible. How was the Civil War financed? How effective was the Parliamentary regime? What were the implications for the Royalists? How was royal property assessed and disposed? What was done to deal with general social, political and economic dislocations? This collection offers a mass of material with which to answer such questions.
Part One: Parliamentary Committees (from Classes SP 20, 22, 24, 28)
Part Two: Parliamentary Surveys of Crown Lands (Class E 317)
Part Three: Certificates as to the Sale of Crown Lands and Particulars for the Sale of the Estates of Charles I (Classes E 121 and E 320)
Part Four: Particulars for the Sale of Free-farm Rents, etc., and related documents (Class E 308 and items from E 154, 163, 164, 315)
Part Five: Documents relating to various Parliamentary Accounts and to Ecclesiastical Affairs (from Classes E 101, 102, 113, 135, 163, 165, 199, 315, 334, 336, 339, 341, 351, 370, 377) 28 reels
Complete Collection: 114 reels
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