From Kent with anger: <i>Patriarcha</i> versus Thomas Scott's country patriotism<sup>1</sup>

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:
From Kent with anger: Patriarcha versus Thomas Scott's country patriotism1

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Relying upon an extensive range of historical texts and archival material, chapter 2 elucidates two important conflicting paradigms of political thought elaborated in the disputes of the late Jacobean (1603-25) and early Caroline eras. The first paradigm is here identified as ‘patriotism’, the second one as ‘patriarchalism’. Based on very different notions of liberty and sovereignty, these paradigms - it is argued - entailed distinctly opposing models of political power and civic life in the body politic. This chapter shows that the treatise intended to provide an answer to the ‘image crisis’ affecting the Crown at the time of the Forced Loan (1626-7) and the Petition of Right (1628), and that it derived from Filmer's alarm at the popularity that quasi-republican and godly patriotic ideas obtained in the 1620s. These were set forth by the likes of his cousin, the interesting but little-studied figure of local MP and radical thinker Thomas Scott of Canterbury (1566-1635).

Keywords: Patriarcha; Patriarchalism; Patriotism; Patriots; Filmer; Thomas Scott of Canterbury; Civic radicalism; Puritans

Chapter.  19822 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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