chapter  10
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The Parliamentarian comparison

In this narrative, the Parliamentarians inevitably feature as dei ex machina. To incorporate an account of their local war effort and its politics would result in a book of unnecessary length and expense, as the Parliamentarian war machine has now been analysed and portrayed in a number of excellent recent studies.1* However, any description of the Royalist administration would be deprived of much of its point if no attempt were made to illustrate the manner in which the King’s machinery approximated to, and differed from, that of his enemies. This is the task of this chapter.