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Printed Musical Propaganda in Early Modern England$
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Joseph Arthur Mann

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781949979237

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781949979237.001.0001

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Cavaliers, Roundheads, and Musical Identity Politics, 1640–49

Cavaliers, Roundheads, and Musical Identity Politics, 1640–49

(p.27) Chapter 1 Cavaliers, Roundheads, and Musical Identity Politics, 1640–49
Printed Musical Propaganda in Early Modern England

Joseph Arthur Mann

Liverpool University Press

As the English people strode closer to armed conflict in the 1630s and early 1640s, the political disagreements between Charles I and his Parliament acquired a religious dimension. Not all Royalists were Anglicans, and not all Parliamentarians were Puritans, but it is undeniable that each group developed a unique political identity that included manner of dress and religious belief. As these identities solidified, each group used both their own identity and the opposing group’s identity to their advantage to inspire new supporters to join, strengthen in-group support, and inspire hatred against the opposition. Chapter one tells the story of how sacred and secular music was pressed into service by both sides of the English Civil War to serve a variety of propaganda purposes. Sacred music became a convenient political symbol for the religious differences between Anglicans/Royalists and Parliamentarians/Puritans that was easy to understand and thereby accessible to the largest possible audience of potential supporters. Likewise, secular music helped to ensure that the English populace was immersed in the political struggle even in their moments of leisure, and thereby at once more likely to maintain their fervent devotion to their side and their fervent hatred of the enemy.

Keywords:   church music, propaganda, Cavalier, Roundhead, Civil War, Charles I, identity, symbolism, Puritans, Royalists

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