<i>Much ado about nothing?</i> Edmund Bohun's rehabilitation of <i>Patriarcha</i>, the issue of allegiance and Adamite anti-republicanism

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:
Much ado about nothing? Edmund Bohun's rehabilitation of Patriarcha, the issue of allegiance and Adamite anti-republicanism

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Chapter 8 illustrates in detail the work of the absolutist Edmund Bohun (1645-1699) with his steadfast defence of Filmer and edition of Patriarcha (1685). Bohun's Filmerian works are placed in conjunction with the polemics engendered by the political problematic of exclusion and the assault on Patriarcha carried out by Algernon Sidney, James Tyrrell, Henry Neville and others. Bohun's texts – which remain off the historiographical radar – are dissected as a direct product of that genus of patriarchalism that re-appropriated patriotic discourse to promote the cause of absolute monarchy. On this basis, the chapter shows how this whole process mirrored the increasing resonance of Filmer's name in the late seventeenth century.

Keywords: Bohun; Patriarchalism; Anti-patriarchalism; Adamite anti-republicanism; Patriotic absolutism; Charles II; Allegiance

Chapter.  9034 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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