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The personal rule of Charles II, 1681-85

Author: Grant Tapsell
Publisher: Woodbridge : Boydell Press, 2007.
Series: Studies in early modern cultural, political and social history, v. 5.
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This book is concerned with political culture, government, and religion during the personal rule of Charles II, the period between the dissolution of his last English Parliament in 1681 and his death in 1685. The author argues that the nature of this phase of Stuart personal rule was different to that of Charles I in 1629-40.
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Tapsell, Grant.
Personal rule of Charles II, 1681-85.
Woodbridge : Boydell Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608022536
Named Person: Charles, King of England; Charles, King of England
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Grant Tapsell
ISBN: 9781843833055 1843833050
OCLC Number: 85691823
Description: xiii, 235 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: The political world of Sir John Holland 1 --
Aims and arguments 7 --
The personal rule of Charles II 9 --
Partisanship 13 --
1 The Shape of the Period 19 --
Introduction: The view from Oxford 19 --
A failed Restoration, 1660-81 20 --
Partisanship, plotting, and persecution, 1681-85 27 --
2 Political Partisanship and Government without Parliament 31 --
Introduction: Popery and arbitrary government 31 --
The end of parliaments? 35 --
Charles II, the succession, and office-holding 43 --
Partisanship and the instability of government 48 --
The Church of England and partisan politics 56 --
3 The Politics of Religious Persecution 64 --
Introduction: Persecution and nonconformity 64 --
Hating dissent 68 --
The physical and financial costs of persecution 71 --
Sympathy for dissenters and the regional variety of persecution 74 --
Partisanship and religious tensions 78 --
Conventicles and sedition 83 --
4 News and Partisan Politics 92 --
Introduction: The political importance of news 92 --
The credibility of news 95 --
Consuming news and policing the public sphere 100 --
Centres and signs of partisanship 108 --
5 Print and Polemical Politics 123 --
Introduction: Polemical writing during the personal rule 123 --
Tories and religion: Caricature and self-image 126 --
Whigs, 'true Protestants', and dissent 136 --
Whigs, a broad church, and anti-clericalism 142 --
The religious battleground: Unity or uniformity? 145 --
Kingship and a stable constitution 147 --
'Commonwealth principles' and 'arbitrary government' 148 --
6 Partisan Politics in the British Monarchies 159 --
Introduction: 'the menace and steddy aspect of these two Kingdoms' 159 --
Parliaments and politics 161 --
Royal government, office-holding, and persecution 167 --
The established churches 177 --
Partisan interactions 180 --
1685 191 --
The weakness of the middle ground 193 --
Whig and tory 197.
Series Title: Studies in early modern cultural, political and social history, v. 5.
Responsibility: Grant Tapsell.
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