By Jonathan Scott
This ebook completes the examine of the lifestyles and political considered Algernon Sidney (1623-1683), which all started with Algernon Sidney and the English Republic, 1623-1677 (1988). within the procedure it bargains a reinterpretation of the most important political concern of Charles II's reign, and of its eu and seventeenth-century contexts. Like its predecessor, the ebook spans the disciplines of highbrow and political heritage. Its dual concentration is the final six years of Sidney's lifestyles, which culminated within the well-known public drama of his trial and execution for treason in 1683, and in his significant political paintings, the Discourses pertaining to govt, which was once used as facts opposed to him on the trial. This intertwining of occasions and ideas demands an exam of the connection among the sensible and highbrow features of the obstacle of 1678-1683 typically.
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Jones, The First Whigs, pp. 112-13; T. Harris, London Crowds in the Reign of Charles II (Cambridge 1987). The Loyal Protestants Vindication . . by a Queen Elizabeth Protestant (1681); The Great The shape of the future 19 in a resurrected Oath of Association, modelled on its Elizabethan predecessor, but widely judged to be less a protection for the Stuart crown than a treasonous declaration against it. Like so much of the activity of this House (October 1680-January 1681), this recalled the attempted revival of the same measure by the long parliament in mid 1641.
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. It underlined the continuity of the basic problem — the historical threat.
D. Cousins, The Political Identity of Andrew Marvell (forthcoming). Q. Skinner, The Foundations of Modern Political Thought, 2 vols. (Cambridge 1978), vol. II, esp. pp. N. s. 11 (1897), 8 9 - 1 1 2 . The shape of the future 17 and in Europe. 51 The genesis of this 'cause' was not simply Caroline, but Elizabethan. And it was not simply national, but European, for God had declared himself on the battlefield in the Netherlands, and in France, before he had done so in England. It was in this context that Algernon Sidney's insurrection against Charles II, and Sir Philip Sidney's against Philip II, were part of the same struggle.
Algernon Sidney and the Restoration Crisis, 1677-1683 by Jonathan Scott