By Jonathan Scott

This ebook completes the learn of the existence and political considered Algernon Sidney (1623-1683), which all started with Algernon Sidney and the English Republic, 1623-1677 (1988). within the strategy it deals a reinterpretation of the key political concern 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 background. 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 bearing on govt, which was once used as facts opposed to him on the trial. This intertwining of occasions and concepts demands an exam of the connection among the sensible and highbrow features of the challenge of 1678-1683 more often than not.

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A Treatise concerning Invasion; Or a brief Discourse on what Orders were best for repulsing of Foreign Forces, if at any time they should invade us by Sea in Kent, or elsewhere. Exhibited in writing to the Right Hon. 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.

We see France has Fallen upon 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 The Plot Reviv'd: or a Memorial of the late and present Popish Plots (1680). Scott, 'England's Troubles', part 2 . His Majesties most Gracious Speech ... to parliament (21 Oct. 1678), p. 4 ; The Tryals of William Ireland, Thomas Pickering and John Grove (Dec. 1678), esp. 1 5 - 1 6 ; The tryals and condemnation of Thomas White, William Harcourt ... John Fenwick [etc] ... all Jesuits and Priests (June 1679). W . Bedloe, A Narrative and Impartial Discovery of the Horrid Popish Plot (1679), p.

It was above all when he abandoned the protestant Triple Alliance almost as soon as it was concluded, replaced it with an alliance with France, and then helped France invade the United Provinces themselves in 1672, that the Caroline nightmare came flooding back. It was from this action, by which the English King helped to bring 'the protestant Interest in this part of Europe so very near to a final period',17 that the slide into an actual repetition of the first crisis of popery and arbitrary government began.

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