CLUBMEN 1645: NEUTRALISM IN A REVOLUTION
The 17th Century Civil Wars of The Three Kingdoms had caused a rift across the Country. After three years of pillage, plunder and seen unlawful taxation following the King raising his standard in 1642, and a War between Parliament and King, the men and women of the south and west of England as well as other parts of this country, decided that they had tasted enough of the "miseries of this unnatural intestine war."
This Association of the Generality came to be known as Clubmen
"The third sort, greater then either of the other, both in fortune and in number."
"This third party hath peeped, for many months in many corners, they will have an army without a king, a lord or a gentlemen almost"
A look at a description of neutralism chose by those willingly and then how that neutralism is seen by opposing warring parties changed as the Civil War grew ever longer.
The Clubmen in their neutral stance by 1645 had forced the Parliamentary and Kings armies to deal with the grievances of The Clubmen.
The importance of The Clubmen as an association historically and their knock on effect passes down the ages in the form of petition, organisation and community.