28 November 2011

Turncoats and Renegadoes: a lecture


Dr Andrew Hopper from the University of Leicester recently delivered a talk at the National Army Museum titled 'Turncoats and Renegadoes: Treachery and Traitors during the English Civil Wars'.

In the lecture Dr Hopper explains the surprising frequency with which Cavalier and Roundhead would switch allegiance ...

The word 'turncoat' had been in use by the 1560s, but reached its apogee of slander in the 1640s. Reasons for defecting to the other side (and often back again) were varied and complicated, and Hopper makes the point that more English peers changed side at some point than stayed in Westminster.

Click on the embedded YouTube video above to watch the lecture (48 minutes).

Dr Hopper's book on the topic will be published in 2012.

National Army Museum

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