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By Jonathan Scott

This publication completes the learn of the existence and political considered Algernon Sidney (1623-1683), which started with Algernon Sidney and the English Republic, 1623-1677 (1988). within the method it deals a reinterpretation of the foremost political situation of Charles II's reign, and of its ecu and seventeenth-century contexts. Like its predecessor, the e-book spans the disciplines of highbrow and political historical past. Its dual concentration is the final six years of Sidney's lifestyles, which culminated within the recognized 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 elements of the quandary of 1678-1683 as a rule.

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The crises of Charles I's and Charles IPs reigns were not, therefore, selfconscious struggles for parliamentary supremacy. They were struggles in which, over the century as a whole, the administratively insufficient institution of parliament was pushed to the political forefront by the need to protect protestantism. This need was created by the repeated association of Britain's Stuart monarchs with the Counter-Reformation powers of Europe. They were struggles, then, for the survival of two endangered species: protestantism, and parliaments; in church and state.

Once again the succession issue makes a remarkably modest appearance to justify the extraordinary claims that have been made for it. Thus Behrens' survey of 'a pamphlet literature, so enormous . . that it can find no parallel... W. Furley as a 'whig manifesto'64 and by David Ogg as 'one of the first clear statements of party doctrine ever put before the English electorate',65 makes no mention of exclusion, or of the Duke of York. And once again, if 5 per cent of the pamphlet literature, like 5 per cent of the practical conduct of the crisis, was focused on the succession, it is presumably time to ask what the other 95 per cent was about?

Exclusion. Halifax would not hear of this, but was as tenacious for a limited power . . I endeavoured much to reconcile them . . '73 Sidney himself lamented: 'we are here in the strangest confusion that I ever remember to have'seene .. Things are so entangled, that liberty of language is almost lost... I do not know three men of a mind,... g. Sidney, Tetters to Savile', Oct. 1680, in Works. A. , 30 (1948), 28-9. K. Feiling, A History of the Tory Party 1640-1914 (Oxford 1924). Jones, Country and Court, p.

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