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‘Republican’ defences of monarchy at the Restoration
Glenn Burgess

first erected a King for common good … it is in their power, whether they will continue his Kingly power, or change it to a better’. That power consisted in ‘the agreement of the people’.30 Others shared this view. John Dury declared that ‘in a Kingdom there is a Common-​wealth, as the intrinsicall substance of the Being thereof ’.31 There was a ‘Nationall tye and association, by which we were a Common-​ wealth while we were yet called a Kingdome’. He also held that law-​making power in every nation or commonwealth ‘by the law of Nature’ lay ‘in the convention of the

in From Republic to Restoration