The Essex Society for Archaeology and History has received this notice which it is pleased to publish. The Morant Lecture is on the same day.
Please find details of the next talk of Essex Branch of the Historical Association which may be of interest to your members.
The March talk of the Essex Branch of the Historical Association will be held on 11 March 2017, 2.30pm at the Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, and is entitled The Protestation of 1642 in Essex by Prof. John Walter, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Essex and the author of Covenanting Citizens: The Protestation Oath and Popular Political Culture in the English Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2017)
In 1641 Parliament, fearing that the king was plotting against them, introduced and took an oath called the Protestation. This was an oath with radical intentions and revolutionary consequences primarily intending to get the nation to swear parish by parish in defence of Parliament. The Protestation returns provide a census of mid-seventeenth-century England still too little known or used. They challenge our conventional picture of the Civil War as a reluctant conflict among the political elite, telling a tale of how ‘ordinary’ men and women in responding to the political and religious messages of the oath claimed for themselves a political voice.
Visitors warmly welcomed - £3.
Debbie Cresswell (publicity officer)