Publishing in the Exclusion Crisis (1679–81): <i>Patriarcha</i> between fatherhood and fatherland

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:
Publishing in the Exclusion Crisis (1679–81): Patriarcha between fatherhood and fatherland

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Following the work of Jonathan Scott, Mark Knights and others, chapter 7 – which starts Part II – clarifies the continuities in political theory as much as in political practice that accompanied the composition and the publication of Patriarcha in the 1620s and 1680s, respectively. Coupled with this general historical narrative, this chapter complements previous ones in that it discusses patriarchalism as an alternative model to republican, parliamentarian and Whig claims to patriotic values. It also pays new attention to why Locke felt compelled to try to overthrow Filmer's theories. Against the grain of mainstream scholarship, the chapter equally details how widely employed Filmer's political patriarchalism was in late seventeenth-century England, and why this was the case. The chapter also demonstrates that Filmerian doctrines formed a theoretical asset for the political edifice erected by important figures such as Sir Roger L’Estrange (1616-1704).

Keywords: Long seventeenth century; Exclusions Crisis; Whig; Locke; Political patriarchalism; Patriarcha's publication and importance; Fatherhood; Fatherland; Sir Roger L'Estrange

Chapter.  12456 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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