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Turncoats and Renegadoes: Changing Sides during the English Civil Wars

Andrew Hopper


This book examines the practice of changing sides during the English civil wars. It examines the extent and significance of side-cshanging in England and Wales, but also includes comparative material from Scotland and Ireland. The first half identifies side-changers among peers, MPs, army officers, and common soldiers, before reconstructing the chronological and regional patterns to their defections. The second half delivers a cultural history of treachery by adopting a thematic approach to explore the social and cultural implications of defections, and demonstrating how notions of what consti ... More

Keywords: English Revolution, civil wars, changing sides, treachery, defection, allegiance, honour, turncoat, renegade, Britain, Ireland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199575855
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575855.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Hopper, author
Lecturer in English Local History, University of Leicester