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Andrew Hopper obtained his doctorate at the University of York in 1999. He then worked as a research fellow at the Universities of East Anglia and Birmingham before being appointed a 'new blood' lecturer in the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester in 2006. He has written many articles on allegiance during the civil wars, and has recently edited the papers of the Hothams for the Camden Society. He is best known for his monograph 'Black Tom': Sir Thomas Fairfax and the English Revolution (2007).
Table of Contents
Part I: A profile of side-changing in England and Wales, 1642-1646
1. A turncoat aristocracy
2. 'Ambi-dexter' MPs
3. Military professionals: 'renegado' army officers
4. Popular allegiance and side-changing among rank and file soldiers
5. Chronological and regional patterns to side-changing
Part II: A cultural history of side-changing
6. Political oath-taking and the fear of treachery
7. The language of treachery in newsbooks and polemic
8. Honour, reputation, and the self-fashioning of elite side-changers
9. Trial and execution: defectors and military justice