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Pride, Thomas

Thomas Pride, d. 1658, English parliamentary soldier in the English civil war. In Dec., 1648, acting on the orders of the army council, he carried out Pride's Purge, expelling from Parliament 143 members (mostly Presbyterians) on the ground that they were royalist sympathizers. The remaining Rump Parliament, completely under army control, then arranged the trial of Charles I. Pride, as a member of the court that condemned him, signed the king's death warrant.

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Prides purge

Pride's purge (December 6, 1648) Expulsion of c.140 members from the English Long Parliament. It was carried out by Colonel Thomas Pride (d.1658) on the orders of the army council. The aim was to rid Parliament of dissident members still anxious to negotiate with Charles I. The remnant, known as the Rump Parliament, voted to put Charles on trial.

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