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By Jonathan Scott

This publication completes the examine of the lifestyles and political considered Algernon Sidney (1623-1683), which begun with Algernon Sidney and the English Republic, 1623-1677 (1988). within the technique it bargains a reinterpretation of the main political predicament of Charles II's reign, and of its ecu and seventeenth-century contexts. Like its predecessor, the ebook spans the disciplines of highbrow and political heritage. Its dual concentration is the final six years of Sidney's lifestyles, which culminated within the well-known public drama of his trial and execution for treason in 1683, and in his significant political paintings, the Discourses pertaining to govt, which used to be used as proof opposed to him on the trial. This intertwining of occasions and concepts demands an exam of the connection among the sensible and highbrow facets of the drawback of 1678-1683 commonly.

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14 Charles I had eventually turned his back on this perception. From 1628 'the popish plot' took up residence not only in England, but within the government itself. 15 When they tried to express their concern through parliaments, 10 11 12 13 14 15 The Popish Plot, Taken from Several Depositions Made before the Parliament (1678) in Somers Tracts, vol. VIII, p. 59. I take this to be the meaning of Charles' statement in 1670 that 'he too is persuaded that his realm will never be at peace if liberty of conscience is not accorded to all the principal sects, as he himself desires; and .

G. l. A. S. ), Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution (1990), p. 53. Thomas Diggs, Englands* Defense. A Treatise concerning Invasion; Or a brief Discourse on what Orders were best for repulsing of Foreign Forces, if at any time they should invade us by Sea in Kent, or elsewhere. Exhibited in writing to the Right Hon. Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, a little before the Spanish invasion, in the Year 1588 (1681). For Elizabethan nostalgia under the early Stuarts, see C. Haigh, Elizabeth I (1988), pp.

54 These echoes formed part of a crisis saturated, as a whole, with Elizabethan nostalgia and imagery. There were huge public processions on Elizabeth's accession day (17 November): the figure we have for 1679 is 150,000. 56 The alarm of the House of Commons culminated 53 54 55 56 (1681); A Brief History of the Succession (1681); A Letter on the Subject of the Succession (1679); The White Rose, Vindicating the Right of Succession; Pereat Papa, or Reasons why a Popish Successor should not inherit (1679).

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