Filmer: his life and cultural interests

Cesare Cuttica

in Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) and the Patriotic Monarch

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780719083747
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781704745 | DOI:
Filmer: his life and cultural interests

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Chapter 1 provides a new biographical account of Filmer and a complete picture of his native Kent's intellectual and political environment. It foregrounds the traces he left both as a thinker engaged in a specific social milieu and as a late humanist whose writings articulated questions amply debated in the republic of letters. New light is cast on the personal relations and cultural scene that animated his life and context up to the 1640s. In addition, unprecedented attention is given to Filmer's non-political tracts on usury, the household and witchcraft. As a result, the orthodoxies of the historiographical mainstream whereby he was a backwoodsman or, at best, an uninteresting erudite whose ideas had no relevance in the pantheon of seventeenth-century culture will be once and for all put to rest.

Keywords: Kent; Life; Intellectual background; Usury; Household; Women; Witchcraft

Chapter.  14860 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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