Polemic and prejudice: a Scottish king
for an English throne
he execution of Mary Stuart in February 1587 left her son King James VI of
Scotland as the claimant with the best title to the English succession. His
great advantages comprised his lineage, legitimacy, gender and religion. None
of his potential competitors could tick all these boxes. Yet despite his obvious
advantages over potential competitors, James was all too aware that a peaceful
succession might still elude him. English history taught that the monarch’s
This chapter concerns the world of
the London baker, parish elder and Presbyterian polemicist Thomas
Bakewell (d. 1654). Between 1643 and 1650 Bakewell was the author of
twelve tracts of Presbyterian polemic. 1 Although Bakewell left no personal archive,
his life can be reconstructed from local records and his writings.
Bakewell’s value derives in no small part from this very
Catholicism as System in Charles Maturin‘s Melmoth the Wanderer
Dermot A. Ryan
This essay casts a new light on the anti-Catholicism of Charles Robert Maturin‘s gothic novel Melmoth the Wanderer by reading it as part of a larger assault on systems in the wake of the French Revolution. Maturin‘s attack on the stupendous system of Catholicism contributes to a broader conservative polemic against all forms of international governance. Melmoth the Wanderer‘s portrait of the Church offers us an early instance of modern conservatisms archnemesis: an international system that conspires to rule the world.
This article investigates a series of additions made to JRL Gaster MS 2037, a
newly identified copy of Peter of Poitier‘s Compendium historiae in genealogia
Christi. Following a detailed description and dating of the manuscript, it
investigates two sets of additions to the roll in depth. It establishes that the
first motive behind the inclusion of such additions was educative – serving to
extend the historic information given in the Compendium, while the second motive
was devotional – elevating the status of the Virgin Mary through the enhancement
of her genealogical record. Given the fact that the manuscript was produced in
the mid-fifteenth century, this focus on the Virgin likely had a polemic
purpose, situating the manuscript in the context of debates over the Immaculate
Conception, and using Alexander Nequams Expositio super Cantica canticorumto
this end. In identifying the sources used, as well as the limits on the compiler
imposed by the physical form of the roll, this examination of Gaster MS 2037
offers an insight into the later reception of this popular text.
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How IPC Data is Communicated through the Media to Trigger Emergency
scraps of zebu leather from the Ambovombe market. 47 These elements show the extreme of people’s
destitution, the ultimate testimony stripped of any technical and quantitative
register from the IPC. The sequence quickly made a buzz and provoked a reaction from
the Malagasy authorities, who orchestrated a campaign of denigration through the
press to accuse it of anti-government propaganda. 48 Gaëlle Borgia’s post created a polemic
showing the authorities’ reluctance to recognise the crisis
This is a full-length study of one of the most prolific and controversial polemical authors of the seventeenth century. It provides a detailed analysis of the ways in which Laudian and royalist polemical literature was created, tracing continuities and changes in a single corpus of writings from 1621 through to 1662. In the process, the author presents new perspectives on the origins and development of Laudianism and ‘Anglicanism’, and on the tensions within royalist thought. The book is neither a conventional biography nor simply a study of printed works, but instead constructs an integrated account of Peter Heylyn's career and writings in order to provide the key to understanding a profoundly polemical author. Throughout the book, Heylyn's shifting views and fortunes prompt a reassessment of the relative coherence and stability of royalism and Laudianism.
These interdisciplinary essays explore new directions in the history of the English Revolution. They are designed to honour Ann Hughes, whose work has transformed scholarship on the mid-seventeenth century, and they are driven by the idea that historians have focused more upon the causes of the revolution than upon its course and consequences. In developing various strands of Hughes’ work, contributors address the transformative effects of political and religious upheaval during the 1640s and 1650s, and revise our understanding of ‘public politics’, in terms of the practices, debates, and communicative strategies associated with the ‘print revolution’, with polemic, and with the mobilisation of opinion. Crucially, these practices and debates are shown to have taken place in the public domain, in front of, but also with the involvement of, various overlapping and intersecting publics, right across the country. Examining these phenomena provides fresh perspectives on political and religious radicalism, from canonical authors to sectarian activists, as well as on relations between ‘centre’ and ‘locality’, and on connections between ideological endeavour and everyday politics. In bridging the divide between ‘elite’ and ‘popular’ politics, moreover, the essays also develop new approaches to participation, by soldiers and members of the parliamentarian army, by ordinary Londoners, and by provincial parishioners. Critically, they also analyse the involvement, agency, and treatment of women, from all walks of life, and in both activism and debate. Collectively, the essays rethink both the dynamic and the consequences of the revolutionary decades.
This book aims both to shed light on the complex legal and procedural basis for early modern chaplaincy and to expand the understanding of what chaplains, in practice, actually did. Each chapter in the book treats in a different way the central question of how interactions in literature, patronage and religion made forms of cultural agency are available to early modern chaplains, primarily in England. The numerous case studies discussed in the book include instances of both the public and the more private aspects of chaplaincy. The book first focuses on the responsibility of the bishop of London's chaplains for pre-publication censorship of the press. It then examines the part played by ambassadorial chaplains such as Daniel Featley within wider networks of international diplomacy, interconfessional rivalry and print polemic. Patronage was evidently the key to determining the roles, activities and significance of early modern chaplains. Unsurprisingly, patrons often chose chaplains whose interests and priorities, whether theological or secular, were similar or complementary to their own. Episcopal chaplains had a politically significant role in keeping lay patrons loyal to the Church of England during the interregnum. Alongside patronage and religion, the book also considers the diverse array of literary activities undertaken by early modern chaplains.