The Trials of Edward Vaughan

Law, Civil War and Gentry Faction in Seventeenth-Century Britain, c.1596–1661

Author(s) Lloyd Bowen

Language: English

Genre(s): History

  • October 2024 · 360 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Paperback - 9781837721771
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781837721788
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About The Book

This book tells a remarkable story. Edward Vaughan was the fifth son of a landed gentleman, and could not have expected much beyond a career in law. However, by fair means and foul (mostly foul), he managed to gain possession of one of the largest estates in seventeenth-century Wales. His tenure was not to be a quiet one, however, as the Protestant Vaughan endured a bruising legal contest with a powerful Catholic magnate over these lands. Vaughan’s case was then swept up in the politics of the civil wars. A moderate parliamentarian, during the 1640s and 1650s Vaughan fought new battles with local radicals to secure his patrimony. The trials of Edward Vaughan reveal much about the confrontational and sometimes bloody nature of law, politics and faction in early modern England and Wales. It is a rich and surprising story, and one which has yet to be told.

Contents

Genealogical Charts
Maps
Abbreviations
Introduction
PART ONE: FAMILY, FACTION AND THE LAW
Chapter 1: Families and Faction in Elizabethan and Early Stuart Montgomeryshire
Chapter 2: A Labyrinth of Lawsuits: Contesting the Llwydiarth Inheritance, 1622–31
Chapter 3: Powis versus Vaughan and the Downfall of Prerogative Justice, 1631–42
PART TWO: POLITICS AND PATRIMONY DURING THE BRITISH CIVIL WARS
Chapter 4: Civil War, Conquest and Committees, 1642–45
Chapter 5: Edward Vaughan, the Governance of North Wales and the Struggle over
Accounts, January–October 1646
Chapter 6: The Army, Civilians and Parliamentary Elections, October 1646–April 1647
Chapter 7: Parliament Man?: Edward Vaughan, Parliamentary Presbyterians and Pride’s Purge, April 1647–February 1649
PART THREE: FROM REPUBLIC TO RESTORATION
Chapter 8: Republican Revenge, 1648–55
Chapter 9: Religion, Politics and Rehabilitation, 1650–61
Chapter 10: Death and Dynasty, 1661–72
Conclusion
MANUSCRIPT BIBLIOGRAPHY

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Lloyd Bowen

Lloyd Bowen is Reader in Early Modern History at Cardiff University.

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