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‘Have a Care of perverted Authorities’:<sup>1</sup> Parliament, Partisanship, and the Earl of Shaftesbury

Peter Hinds

in ‘The Horrid Popish Plot’

Published by British Academy

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264430
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191733994 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264430.003.0010

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

‘Have a Care of perverted Authorities’:1 Parliament, Partisanship, and the Earl of Shaftesbury

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This chapter discusses and addresses two main concerns. It starts by examining the controversy that surrounded the moving of Parliament from Westminster to Oxford in March 1681. It analyses the pamphlet discourse that circulated before and after it met, and considers the powerful strategy of invoking historical precedents in polemical debate. Finally, it looks at some representations of Antony Ashley Cooper, who was the Earl of Shaftesbury.

Keywords: pamphlet discourse; Earl of Shaftesbury; Antony Ashley Cooper; polemical debate; historical precedents; Parliament; Westminster; Oxford

Chapter.  12466 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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