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Loyalty, memory and public opinion in England, 1658-1727

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Edward Vallance is Professor of Early Modern British Political Culture at the University of RoehamptonTexte du rabat Loyalty, mem... Lire la suite
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Edward Vallance is Professor of Early Modern British Political Culture at the University of Roehampton



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Loyalty, memory and public opinion in England, 1658-1727 makes an important contribution to the debate over the emergence of an early modern 'public sphere'. Focusing on the petition-like form of the loyal address, it argues that these texts helped to foster a politically aware public through mapping shifts in the national 'mood'.



The book covers addressing campaigns from the late Cromwellian to the early Georgian period, exploring the production, presentation, subscription and publication of the texts. It demonstrates that addressing activity provided opportunities to develop political coalitions, and reveals how the form was used strategically by both addressers and government. The acts of subscribing and of presenting an address imprinted the activity in both local and national public memory. The memory of addressing activity in turn shaped the understanding of public loyalty. But while the meaning of loyalty was transformed over the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, shifts in public loyalty did not make these professions of fidelity meaningless, as contemporaries such as Daniel Defoe claimed.



Instead, the book argues that beneath partisan attacks on addressing lay a broad consensus about the validity of the practice. Ultimately, loyal addresses acknowledged the existence of a 'political public', but in a way that fundamentally conceded the legitimacy of the social and political hierarchy.



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This book makes an important contribution to the ongoing debate over the emergence of an early modern 'public sphere'. Focusing on the petition-like form of the loyal address, it argues that these texts helped to foster a politically aware public by mapping shifts in the national 'mood'. -- .

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Introduction 1 Petitions, oaths and addresses: subscriptional activity during the civil wars 2 Cromwell's trunks: the origins of the loyal address, 1658-61 3 Addresses, abhorrences and associations: subscriptional culture and memory in the 1680s 4 Adversarial addressing, 1701-10 5 Who were the 'public'? Identifying the addressers 6 The performance of loyalty: ritual in loyal addressing 7 From subjects to objects: the language of loyalty Conclusion Index

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Titre: Loyalty, memory and public opinion in England, 1658-1727
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Code EAN: 9780719097034
ISBN: 0719097037
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Manchester University Press
nombre de pages: 240
Poids: 531g
Taille: H240mm x B161mm x T17mm
Année: 2019