Patriarchalism versus patriotism in practice: <i>patriarcha</i> from the Rye House Plot (1683) to the Glorious Revolution (1688–89)

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:
Patriarchalism versus patriotism in practice: patriarcha from the Rye House Plot (1683) to the Glorious Revolution (1688–89)

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In chapter 9 a number of references to important post-Restoration propagandists are made, whilst a variety of sources – from treatises to pamphlets, petitions, sermons and periodical papers – are also examined. These have to do with the aftermath of the Popish Plot (1678) and, especially, of the Rye House Plot (1683) when the rhetoric of ‘patriots’ and ‘parricide’ was againamply deployed on the ideological battlefield of pre-Williamite England where rival interpretations of the nation's political ethos and religious texture strongly collided with one another. Such a picture of the 1680s serves to further confirm the relevance of Filmerian language in society at large and the appeal of his arguments in theoretical disputes at that time. It also depicts the intellectual scenario leading to the Glorious Revolution (1688-9) when concepts, meanings and implications carved out in Patriarcha became once more the object of bitter controversy and vehement polemics as much as of full endorsement and appreciation.

Keywords: Plots; Patriots; Parricide; Patriarchalism; Glorious Revolution; Filmer's fame

Chapter.  6888 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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