Filmer in the 1640s and 1650s: political troubles and intellectual activism

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 in the 1640s and 1650s: political troubles and intellectual activism

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Resuming the account of Sir Robert's life and his public engagements detailed in chapter 1, chapter 6 – which ends Part I – concentrates on the period of the Civil War and the troubles he experienced then; on his close friendship with Peter Heylyn; on his little-known but insightful theological views; finally, on his prolific phase of intense political writing occurred between 1648 and 1652 when he combined what we might term “high theory” with a more immediately polemical involvement with the issues and arguments of the day. The status of these later works as in effect applications of some of the doctrines laid out in Patriarcha to recent events and debates will thus be rendered apparent.

Keywords: Civil War; Imprisonment; Friendships; Heylyn; Theology; Political Tracts; The 1640s and 1650s

Chapter.  11411 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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