Historical Sketches of Charles the First, Cromwell, Charles the Second, and the Principal Personages of That Period, Including the King's Trial and Execution: To Which Is Annexed an Account of the Sums Exacted by the Commonwealth from the Royalists, and T

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The wars of York and Lancaster, by breaking the power of the greater barons, had the double effect of strengthening the crown by their suppression, and leading to the formation of burghs and free associations among the lower people, whose vocation of private war was now in a great measure destroyed, and who were, therefore, driven back on the pursuits of industry and the independent assertion of their rights, by this revolution in the state of society. The commons, con sequently, grew into consideration precisely as the barons declined 'and succeeded naturally to the benefit of those limitations on the royal power, which the latter had established chiefly with a view to them selves.

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