Algernon Sidney and the Restoration Crisis, 1677-1683 by Jonathan Scott

By Jonathan Scott

This e-book completes the research of the lifestyles and political considered Algernon Sidney (1623-1683), which all started with Algernon Sidney and the English Republic, 1623-1677 (1988). within the technique it bargains a reinterpretation of the foremost political obstacle of Charles II's reign, and of its eu and seventeenth-century contexts. Like its predecessor, the publication spans the disciplines of highbrow and political background. Its dual concentration is the final six years of Sidney's existence, 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 executive, which was once used as facts opposed to him on the trial. This intertwining of occasions and ideas demands an exam of the connection among the sensible and highbrow elements of the challenge of 1678-1683 more often than not.

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Quoted in Ronalds, Attempted Whig Revolution, p. 18. 32 The Restoration crisis the Protestant Party there. The Emperor has martyred them in Hungary, and what has been done in Bohemia, they say, broke the Prince Electors heart... Every session of Parliament we are still troubled with popery. In the descent of four kings, still the Parliaments have been troubled with Popery . . 26 The specific problem, however, was domestic. It was that once again the nation's own government was abandoning its primary duty to protect the country from this menace.

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. 165-7. 20 The Restoration crisis and ought vigilantly to observe the motions of the enemy . . 60 That the succession issue should re-emerge during such a crisis was, therefore, in tune both with its wider concerns, and with its historical character. It underlined the continuity of the basic problem — the historical threat.

1670; quoted in Scott, Sidney and the English Republic, p. 234. The Tryals of William Ireland, Thomas Pickering, and John Grove (Dec. 1678), p. 11. William Bedloe, A Narrative and Impartial Discovery of the Horrid Popish Plot (1679), p. 2. The French Intrigues Discovered. With the Methods and Arts to Retrench the Potency of France by Land and Sea (1681), p. 13; Scott, Sidney and the English Republic, pp. 128,215. See Scott, 'England's Troubles', part 1. 30 The Restoration crisis parliaments themselves became the next casualty.

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