Beginning with a review of the historiographical conflicts over the causes of the Puritan or English Revolution, Dr. Prall's book combines a narrative of the dominant political, religious, social, economic, and military issues of the Civil War and the Commonwealth and Protectorate which followed. The author sees this revolution as both a political/constitutional and religious conflict. This book is an excellent combination of classic and revisionist interpretations. The author shows that more recent class or regional interpretations can be made compatible with traditional constitutional interpretations. Relevant documents from the period are included.