Jacobitism and the English People, 1688-1788

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 4, 1993 - History - 408 pages
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Jacobitism, or support for the exiled Stuarts after the revolution of 1688, has become a topic of great interest in recent years. Historians have debated its influence on Parliamentary politics, but none has yet attempted to explore its broader implications in English society. This study offers a wide-ranging analysis of every aspect of Jacobite activity, from pamphlets and newspapers to songs, cartoons, riots, seditious words, clubs, and armed insurrection. It argues that Jacobitism was not confined to a tiny group of fanatical reactionaries, and that it had a profound impact on various aspects of English life including political thought, literature, popular culture, religion, and elite sociability. It contributed a great deal both to the emergence of conservative attitudes in eighteenth-century England and to the development of a radical critique of Whig government. This paradoxical legacy makes Jacobitism a subject of considerable significance in English political, social, and cultural history.
  

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Contents

Laws of man and God the moral foundations of Jacobite political argument
15
Jemmys the lad that is lordly popular culture and Jacobite verse
45
Look love and follow images of the last Stuarts in Jacobite art
70
STRUCTURES OF JACOBITISM
93
Jacobite underworlds the practice of treason
95
Religion and loyalty Jacobitism and religious life
126
POPULAR JACOBITISM
159
The torrent riots and demonstrations 16881715
161
The day will be our own the tradition of Jacobite protest 171580
195
All for the lawful heir? The problem of Jacobite seditious words
233
Lives of the gentry Jacobitism and the landed elite
269
By a principle of duty the Jacobite rebels
308
Jacobitism in history
343
Bibliography
351
Index
383
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Monod is Professor of history at Middlebury College.

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