British Politics in the Age of Anne
British Politics in the Age of Anne is a book that anyone with an interest in the period will wish to possess: completely authoritative, yet as attractive to the student and the general reader as to the specialist. The author has both revised the text and written a substantial new introduction to this edition.
Geoffrey Holmes reveals how little the structure and contents of politics under Queen Anne had in common with the connexion-ridden scene of the mid-eighteenth century, as portrayed by Namier. He depicts a period of fierce and genuine party conflict, in which society at many levels was divided by great issues of principle and policy. Through frequent and hotly-contested elections and long parliamentary campaigns both Whigs and Tories enjoyed triumphs and suffered disasters. And while struggling against one another, each had to contend with internal factions and pressure-groups, the divisive thrust of personal ambitions and the hostility of the queen to single party rule.
British politics in the Age of Anne is more than a major work of analysis and a historiographical landmark. By liberal use of quotation, eye for detail, sense of atmosphere and vivid character sketches of both leading and lesser personae, Professor Holmes recreates the unique political life of the high Augustan age.
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INTRODUCTION TO REVISED EDITION
PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION
A NOTE ON DATES AND QUOTATIONS
The Character of Politics
The Working of Politics
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age of Anne Anglesey Anne’s reign Auchmar B.M. Loan backbenchers baron bill Bishop Blenheim MSS Bodl Bolingbroke borough Bromley Burnet Cabinet Church conﬂict Corr Country Whigs Court Whig Cowper Crown debate diary difﬁculties division Duchess Duchess of Marlborough Duke Earl Election electoral England favour ﬁeld ﬁgure ﬁnal ﬁnancial ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁve friends gentlemen George Godolphin H.M.C. Portland MSS Hanoverian Harley’s High Tory House of Commons House of Lords Ibid inﬂuence interest Jacobite James June land leaders least Letters London Longleat majority Managers Marlborough ministers ministry never Newcastle Nottingham Occasional Conformity ofﬁce ofﬁcers ofﬁcial organisation Oxford Papers Parliament parliamentary peace peers pension political politicians Queen Anne’s Revolution Robert Harley Robert Walpole Rochester Sacheverell Scottish Sept session signiﬁcant Sir John Somers Stanhope succession Sunderland Thomas Tory party vote Walpole Wharton Whig and Tory Whig Junto William