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<i>Anglia libera</i>: Protestant liberties and the Hanoverian succession, 1700–14

Justin Champion

in Republican Learning

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780719057144
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700259 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719057144.003.0006
Anglia libera: Protestant liberties and the Hanoverian succession, 1700–14

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This chapter examines John Toland's collaboration with elite Whig politicians as a leading defender of Protestant liberty, activities which resulted in the vindication of the legitimacy of the Hanoverian succession under the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701. A key problem for Toland and other republicans in the 1700s was the dynastic insecurity of the platform for their vision of politics, because the principles espoused in his Anglia libera were dependent upon the successful coronation of Sophia or George rather than the restoration of James.

Keywords: John Toland; Protestant liberty; Whig politicians; Hanoverian succession; republicans; dynastic insecurity

Chapter.  11375 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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