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This paper addresses the guardianship of three of the king's children (James, duke of York, Princess Elizabeth and Henry, duke of Gloucester) by the king's opponents, from 1642 until Henry of Gloucester's departure from England in 1653. It argues for their political significance, examines their role in royalist and parliamentarian propaganda, and considers questions of age and agency.  I approach the subject as a historian of childhood and youth, asking how that field can intersect with political history. 

Dr Lucy Underwood is a Leverhulme early career fellow at the University of Warwick.


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