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date: 15 April 2021

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This chapter explores the ways in which a concern with gender is crucial to understanding the English revolution. It explores women’s influence and activities in the civil war itself and in the political and religious upheavals of the period, suggesting when these were founded on conventional understanding of female roles, and when they challenged convention. It demonstrates that civil war dislocated understandings of masculinity and undermined the association of political agency with male headship of households. With the ultimate overthrow of a monarch whose power was often compared to that of a father or husband in the family household, the revolutionary period was particularly rich in recourse to gendered metaphors, imagery, and frames of reference.

Keywords: English revolution, civil war, gender, household, family, women, masculinity

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