The Culture of Dissent in Restoration England
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209 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series

Imprint: Royal Historical Society

The Culture of Dissent in Restoration England

The Wonders of the Lord

by George Southcombe

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The voices of non-conformity are brought to the fore in this new exploration of late seventeenth-century politics, religion and literature.
Whilst scholars have recently offered a much deeper and more persuasive account of the centrality of religious issues in shaping the political and cultural worlds of Restoration England, much of this has been broad-brush and the voices of individual established Church figures have been much more clearly heard than those of dissenters. This book offers a fresh and challenging new approach to the voices that the confessional state had no prospect of silencing. It provides case studies of a range of very different but highly articulate dissenters, focusing on their modes of political activism and on the varieties of dissenting response possible, and demonstrating the vitality and integrity of witnesses to a spectrum of post-revolutionary Protestantism. It also seeks, through an exploration of textual culture and poetic texts in particular, to illuminate both the ways in which nonconformists sought to engage with central authorities in Church and State, and the development of nonconformist identities in relation to each other.

GEORGE SOUTHCOMBE is Director of the Sarah Lawrence Programme, Wadham College, Oxford.
Introduction
Presbyterians, Poetry and Politics: Robert Wild: the 'Scarlet Staine of Divinity'
Fluidity and Fixity: The Religious Identity of Thomas Grantham
'Upheld by His Mighty Power': John Whitehead and the Restoration Quakers
The Paradoxes of Dissent? Vavasor Powell and Benjamin Keach
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
"Southcombe in general is drawn to close engagement with the poetry produced by his exemplars, unsurprisingly perhaps, given that he is the editor of a three-volume anthology, English Nonconformist Poetry, 1660-1700 (2012); he is a master of reading the almost unreadable. Certainly this monograph refreshes our notions about the culture of Restoration dissent." Milton Quarterly

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Title Details

209 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series

Imprint: Royal Historical Society